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Ohio State confident in J.T. Barrett after losing Braxton Miller to injury

August 20, 2014
When a team loses its best player, not many expect the days following to be very positive. Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said that was not the case following the news that senior quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the entirety of the 2014 season after re-injuring his shoulder Monday. “It would be hard to say it wasn’t — maybe the best practice we’ve had since our staff has come to Ohio State,” Meyer said Wednesday. “High energy, especially for practice 20. Really impressed.” On Saturday, Meyer announced redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett had earned a slight edge on redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones for the backup quarterback position. With Miller out for the… Read more

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller to miss 2014 season, eyes return in 2015

August 20, 2014
Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the entire 2014 football season, an OSU spokesman confirmed Tuesday evening. Miller re-injured his throwing shoulder attempting to complete a short pass in practice Monday afternoon, according to the release. The OSU star was in the process of returning from off-season shoulder surgery in February. The two-time Silver Football award winner said in a press release that he would like to return to the Buckeyes in 2015. “I love Ohio State and Buckeye nation, and my goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever,” Miller said in the release. “I am on course to graduate in December,… Read more

Ohio State football goals unchanged after Braxton Miller’s injury

August 20, 2014
In the Ohio State football team meeting room, a sign details the Buckeyes’ “plan to win.” The plan lists playing great defense first, followed by winning the turnover battle, scoring in the red zone and winning the kicking game. That plan was designed to put the Buckeyes in a position to win Big Ten and national titles, and that doesn’t have to change after senior quarterback Braxton Miller suffered a season-ending injury Monday. Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman confirmed that those plans haven’t changed, adding that the team knows exactly what it has to do. “We’ve just got to compete for championships,” Heuerman said Wednesday. Senior cornerback Doran Grant reiterated… Read more

Ohio State football may turn to “a good one” in J.T. Barrett following Braxton Miller injury

August 19, 2014
With the start of its season less than two weeks away, the Ohio State football program may need to turn to its bench before the opening kickoff. If senior quarterback and potential Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller’s shoulder injury is significant, the Buckeyes will likely rely on redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett to lead the offense during Miller’s absence. Throughout the spring and into fall camp, it was redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones who was the front-runner to backup Miller, but according to coach Urban Meyer, Barrett has overtaken that position. “(Barrett) has moved slightly ahead of (Jones) in the quarterback derby,” Meyer said Aug.16. “That is because of his opportunities…he has grown up… Read more

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller reportedly out for season

August 19, 2014
Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller is expected to miss the entire 2014 season after re-injuring his shoulder Monday, according to a Tuesday afternoon ESPN report. Miller, expected to be a Heisman Trophy candidate this season, re-injured his throwing shoulder at practice Monday afternoon, a source close to the team told Lantern TV. According to the source, the team had not yet been informed of Miller’s status as of early Tuesday afternoon. He originally injured the shoulder last season in OSU’s loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl. After undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, Miller was held out of spring practice and limited through the first portion of fall practice. OSU… Read more

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Tom Herman experienced coaching backup quarterbacks

August 19, 2014
With senior quarterback Braxton Miller’s health status in doubt after he re-injured his shoulder on Monday, Ohio State football fans won’t have to look far to see how the current coaching regime does when a signal-caller goes down. Coach Urban Meyer and co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman were both around just last season when Miller missed two full games, and the majority of another, after injuring his knee. Miller was first injured on OSU’s opening drive against San Diego State Sept. 7, 2013. Then-backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, who has since graduated, entered the game and passed for 152 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-7 victory. Guiton’s success… Read more

Timeline: Braxton Miller’s injuries over the years

August 19, 2014
Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller has re-injured his shoulder at practice after saying he was “100 percent” Monday morning, a source close to the team told The Lantern TV Monday evening. According to the source, Miller is expected to undergo an MRI on Tuesday. The severity of the injury, as well as how long Miller will be out, was not yet clear as of Monday night. The quarterback has been hurt more than once. Here’s a look at The Lantern’s coverage of his injuries.… Read more

Opinion: Braxton Miller’s chance to cement legacy potentially ruined by injury

August 19, 2014
When he announced in early January that he would be returning to Ohio State for one final ride along the banks of the Olentangy, Braxton Miller had a chance. A chance to rush or pass for the 505 yards he needed to become OSU’s all-time leader in total offense. A chance to win 11 games to become the all-time winningest quarterback in OSU’s history. A chance to throw for the six necessary touchdowns to own the record for total passing touchdowns as a Buckeye. A chance to pass for the 2,256 yards he needs to become OSU’s all-time passing yards leader. A chance to score the single touchdown he needed… Read more

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller reinjures shoulder

August 18, 2014
Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller has re-injured his shoulder at practice after saying he was “100 percent” Monday morning, a source close to the team told The Lantern TV Monday evening. According to the source, Miller is expected to undergo an MRI on Tuesday. The severity of the injury, as well as how long Miller will be out, was not yet clear as of Monday night. Miller, who missed two full games and most of another in 2013 because of a knee injury, initially injured his shoulder during OSU’s season-ending loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl. He underwent offseason shoulder surgery before sitting out all of spring practice.… Read more

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller ‘100 percent,’ but still limited

August 18, 2014
If the Ohio State football team took the field for a game today, senior quarterback Braxton Miller would be ready — but he’s still limited in practice. Throughout fall camp, Miller has been limited throwing the ball and was completely held out of 11 vs. 11 drills on more than one occasion. On Monday, he said he is “100 percent” and would be “for sure” ready to go if the Buckeyes had to take the field right away. The Heisman Trophy candidate was limited to running plays at a Monday morning practice, but co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said Miller would be letting the ball fly Monday afternoon.… Read more