Braxton Miller won’t take a backseat role for the Ohio State football team, despite a season-ending injury.
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer announced during a Monday press conference that five seniors, including senior quarterback Miller, will captain the 2014 Buckeyes.
Along with Miller, Meyer said cornerback Doran Grant, linebacker Curtis Grant, defensive lineman Michael Bennett and tight end Jeff Heuerman were voted captains by their teammates.
Two of the captains — Miller and Heuerman — fought through injuries in fall camp before the senior quarterback was eventually ruled out for the season. Meyer said Heuerman still isn’t 100 percent healthy, but he should be available for the season opener. He also said Miller won’t be with the team for its first road trip Saturday.
Miller and Heuerman are the two offensive captains, while both Grants and Bennett are returning starters on the OSU defense.
Doran Grant has played in every game since he arrived in Columbus and has tallied four interceptions in his career. Curtis Grant played in 12 of 14 games for the Buckeyes last season and finished the year with 52 tackles, including four tackles for loss.
Bennett was a key player on the defensive front last season for OSU, and he started 13 games. He finished the year with 11.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He has totaled 17.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in his first three seasons as a Buckeye.
OSU is scheduled to play Navy in its season opener Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon.