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No Braxton Miller? No problem!

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Ohio State appeared to get some good news when it learned that quarterback Braxton Miller was available to return against San Diego State. Miller was knocked out of the game early in the first quarter with an apparent knee injury. Buckeye trainers examined Miller’s left knee and then fitted it with a brace before he returned to the sideline in the second quarter.

Not that Ohio State needed him against the Aztecs in the first half.

That’s because Kenny Guiton more than carried the load for the Ohio State offense in Miller’s stead. The senior completed 10 of 13 passes for 113 yards and also rushed for 68 yards (including a 44-yard score) as the Buckeyes jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead on SDSU.

It doesn’t look like we’ll see Miller return against the Aztecs and now the question is, when should he?  The Buckeyes appear to be in capable hands with Guiton and it could be that Miller doesn’t see the field again until Ohio State hosts Wisconsin on Sept. 28.

It’s a turn of events that could make the Buckeyes a more dangerous team down the road, as Guiton’s continued improvement would be an insurance policy against any future injuries for Miller. An offense that depends so much on Miller would also be forced to accelerate the development of its other weapons.

However, it would also put an end to Miller’s Heisman hopes, if that hasn’t happened already. With fewer games to play, the preseason favorite for the trophy is going to have a hard time putting up the numbers he needs to win the Heisman.

Not that this is a big deal. The Buckeyes have six other Heismans to their credit. And there’s always next year for Miller, who definitely needs another year of seasoning before heading to the NFL.

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9 Responses to “No Braxton Miller? No problem!”
  1. spunhead73 says: Sep 7, 2013 5:41 PM

    OSU could use their punter as qb for the rest of the season,with the cupcake schedule they have. Overrated.

  2. dkhhuey says: Sep 7, 2013 6:32 PM

    I hate seeing Braxton get hurt but we do have the best back up QB in the nation! Smooth Kenny G was rocking it today!

  3. redwing26 says: Sep 7, 2013 6:50 PM

    Well said spun head. Thank god he ll be better by next week for that tough road game uh wait it’s against cal. Never mind.

  4. michiganstillsucks says: Sep 7, 2013 7:39 PM

    Kenny Guiton can start for over 75% of D1 schools. What an embarrassment of riches at the qB position for the Buckeyes.

  5. 10kmp says: Sep 7, 2013 7:54 PM

    Ohio State has 7 Heismans to their credit… not 6. Six winners, seven trophies.

  6. reprob8 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:17 PM

    Am I too cynical &/or distrustfulof Urban Meyer? The way that Miller’s bell appeared to gget rung, I’m suspicious of the claim of a leg injury as the reason that he missed the rest of the game. Wonder if a concussion may be the actual concern.

    Nah, Urban wouldn’t manipulate the system
    o_O

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  8. clevelandschronic2 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:11 PM

    @Reprob8 yes your too distrustful and biased against urban and/or the buckeyes. Braxton was clearly shown on the sidelines having his knee looked at. When the medical staff tried to touch his knee you could see him clearly wincing in pain. Also went and got a brace put on during the game.

  9. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:25 AM

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