Last year Braxton Miller’s backup performed so well, there was a moment’s thought that Miller might not be essential as Ohio State vied for the Big Ten title.
But Kenny Guiton is now playing Arena Football, so nearly everyone agrees that Miller is vital to the Buckeyes’ hopes.
That’s why Ohio State diehards are freaking out that Miller will miss the season with a right (throwing) shoulder injury, suffered Monday in a non-contact drill. Miller would have vied to become the first three-time winner of the Tribune Silver Football winner, an award given to the Big Ten’s best player.
Now he’ll have to wait until 2015 to have the chance, the school confirmed on Tuesday.
Though the injury occurred during practice, Miller has been off-limits from contact following offseason shoulder surgery. He injured the shoulder in the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl, and the procedure was expected to be minor. But its effects lingered into fall camp, with Miller experiencing soreness.
Buckeyes coaches have been pushing to get a backup ready for Miller, a true senior with dazzling rushing skills who has thrown for 5,292 yards and 52 touchdowns.
Buckeyes offensive coordinator said Tom Herman said recently that redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett has moved ahead of sophomore Cardale Jones because “the offense moves better when he’s in there.”
Barrett, 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, is a native Texan who split reps with Jones in the spring while Miller was on the mend after surgery. Barrett has never played a down of college football.
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