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Miller’s status is unknown

September 12, 2013
dsp By SETH STASKEY - Buckeye Blitz , Times Leader

Braxton Miller's play-making ability is well-documented.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer spoke time and time again last season that Miller was by far the Buckeyes' best offensive weapon. He's also spoken a lot about the need to keep his junior quarterback upright.

Hence why when Miller lost his helmet, was fallen on and then immediately grabbed his knee led to plenty of nervous moments just seven plays into last week's game against San Diego State.

Don't think for a minute that Meyer may sit Miller as a precautionary measure. If the OSU medical and training staffs clear him, the Huber Heights product is going to play.

"If he's healthy to play and play like Braxton plays, he'll certainly go," Meyer said. "We're not saving him or holding back. This will be everything we've got to win this game."

Miller left the field last week and went to the lockerroom and was fitted for a brace for his knee. It was reported that he could have returned, but with Guiton playing well and the score getting out of hand quickly, there was just no need.

More and more often, Miller has come up banged up at times. It's going to happen with how he plays and Buckeyes' coaches and fans are growing accustomed to that.

"At times, quarterbacks get hit," Meyer said. "Braxton is a fearless player."

The play that Miller was injured on was actually a called passing play, but Miller showed that fearlessness and ran for the yardage to assure the first down.

"I like quarterbacks who think that way," Meyer said. "Get the first down."

It would be hard to imagine Miller not playing this week, especially judging by how hard he lobbied Meyer and the training staff to get back into the game last week.

"He feels very strong," Meyer said.

Miller is listed as the number one quarterback on the Buckeyes' depth chart this week. However, Meyer and offensive coordinator Tom Herman are making plans to allow four quarterbacks to travel to the west coast this week.

Guiton, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett could all make the trip.

ON THE DIAL

For the first of at least four times this season, the Buckeyes play in primetime this weekend.

Ohio State and Cal will kick off at 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on FOX with the Gus Johnson on the call. Charles Davis will serve as the color analyst.

UP-TEMPO OFFENSE

The game of football has changed significantly and there are numerous fads and new approaches in the game. The recent is this up-tempo scheme that California, Oregon and numerous others are running with regularity. The more offensive snaps you get, the more chances to score. That's also beginning to make its way to the National Football League and more and more high school teams are going no huddle.

So, is this good for the sport?

"It's interesting," said OSU co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers. "It gets a lot of guys on the field offensively. It's good for the offensive game. It's good for recruiting for sure. As a defensive coach, I think it will come back to two back, one back, pretty quickly."

TBDBITL

The California fans are certainly lucky because the Ohio State Marching Band is making the trip to Berkeley this weekend. It will perform during halftime.

 
 

 

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