Braxton Miller took part in the celebration at Ohio Stadium for the national championship team Saturday, and he dropped a hint to the crowd of 45,000 that he wants to be part of another one in a year's time.

Braxton Miller took part in the celebration at Ohio Stadium for the national championship team Saturday, and he dropped a hint to the crowd of 45,000 that he wants to be part of another one in a year's time.

"It was a privilege and honor to be part of this team," said Miller, a senior quarterback who didn't play in 2014 because of a shoulder injury. "Guess what? We've got another year to do it. So, go Bucks."

Was that a tipoff as to his intentions? He didn't say afterward, but Miller can transfer and play for another school next season because he has earned his degree.

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He has been mum on his plans, except for hints such as the one Saturday, and he is enrolled for the spring semester at Ohio State as he continues to rehab his shoulder.

But Cardale Jones is operating on the assumption that Miller plans to return.

"It's more competition, and he's going to push us and lead us in the right way," Jones said after the ceremony.

Coach Urban Meyer made a point to introduce all three quarterbacks to the crowd and have them say something. He called them "the magnificent three."

Whether he read the same thing into what Miller said as others did, though, "I guess that's what he said, I don't know," Meyer said. "We've been talking all along. It's a unique situation, which we'll cover later."

Another long run

Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, who rushed for 696 yards and eight touchdowns in the Buckeyes' three-game postseason, made one more long run, a 50-yarder down the front of the stands, high-fiving fans all the way after the ceremony.

"This crowd, it's somewhat amazing; I probably wouldn't be out here if I didn't have to be," Elliott said, laughing.

"But that just shows how committed and dedicated Buckeye Nation is."

Player to remember

Luke Fickell, who at this time a year ago faced criticism as defensive coordinator, was called to the microphone by Meyer to say a few words, and his approach was met by fans cheering or saying "Luuuuuke." Fickell, who has spent 19 years at Ohio State as either a player or coach, said that the main thing on his mind was the effort the players made to bring home the national title, one in particular.

"If I could say thank you to one person it would be Curtis Grant," Fickell said of the middle linebacker who became a team leader in his senior year. "That's because of his ability and willingness to believe in what Coach Meyer is doing, to believe in what in I'm preaching and the other coaches are preaching, and to be that guy who put a group on his back, the defense on his back, the whole team on his back, is a great example and one I will never forget."

Grant did not attend because he was a late addition to the Senior Bowl, which was played yesterday afternoon in Mobile, Ala. He joined receiver Devin Smith and cornerback Doran Grant on the North roster.

Recruits on hand

Several committed members to the 2015 recruiting class attended the ceremony, as well as a couple of prospects the Buckeyes still seek, including defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. of East St. Louis, Ill., and tackle Venzell Boulware of Fairburn, Ga. Meyer was asked how much the celebration might help in recruiting.

"Recruiting is pretty much done, we're just wrapping it up," Meyer said of the 2015 class. "But we're already into the next year. … And nowadays, all the digital video, this will be sent throughout everywhere. It's obviously a big hit."

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