Not that it really matters, but Ohio State won’t have its starter under center when it feasts on an FCS cupcake early this afternoon in Columbus.
Braxton Miller, ESPN reported late Saturday morning, will not play for the Buckeyes in their game against Florida A&M. Instead, senior Kenny Guiton will make his second consecutive start.
Miller has been hampered by what’s being called a sprained MCL he suffered in the Week 2 win over San Diego State. Earlier this week, head coach Urban Meyer stated that Miller would play if he’s healthy, with Meyer saying a couple of days later he expected the junior to see the field against the Rattlers.
The move to sideline Miller for another week is not exactly a surprise given the level of competition combined with the Big Ten opener against Wisconsin a week from today.
In his first career start last week against Cal, Guiton passed for 276 yards and four touchdowns while adding 92 yards on the ground. He was named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week as well as the Camp National Offensive Player of the Week following the performance.
UPDATED 10:39 a.m. ET: Very shortly after posting this, Paul Keels reported on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus that while Guiton will start today against A&M, Miller will play at some point in the game. Keels added that “reports that Braxton Miller has already been ruled out are ‘wrong with a capital W.'”
UPDATED 11:29 a.m. ET: As it turns out, the report that reports of Miller not playing being “wrong with a capital W” was itself wrong as Ohio State confirmed a short time ago that the quarterback has indeed been ruled out for today’s game.
If one report is accurate, this weekend’s game against Ohio State will be Randy Edsall‘s last at Maryland.
Citing multiple sources close to the situation, the 247Sports.com website InsideMDSports.com is reporting that Edsall “is unlikely to survive as Maryland’s football coach” beyond this Saturday’s game against OSU. The site writes that, “[b]arring an unexpected last-minute reversal, Maryland will part ways with Edsall when the floundering Terps enter their mid-season bye week.”
Just this past June, Edsall was on the receiving end of a three-year contract extension from the school as the Terps were coming off a 7-6 campaign in their first season in the Big Ten. This year, however, they’re gotten off to a 2-3 start, including losses the past two games to West Virginia and Michigan by a combined score of 73-6.
Edsall is in the midst of his fifth season in College Park, and the overall results have been decidedly disappointing. Under Edsall’s direction, the Terps have gone 22-33 overall and 10-23 in conference play (6-18 in ACC, 4-5 in Big Ten). Edsall is 0-11 vs. ranked teams in that span.
This is far from the first time Edsall has been rumored to be on the hot seat, but this is by far the closest he’s come to the coaching gallows.
As for the financial ramifications of a dismissal? That new deal signed earlier this year ensured that the hit the school would absorb would be, relatively speaking, mild. From the report:
Edsall’s contract was extended for three years in June — a move aimed at stabilizing his public standing, especially with high school recruits — but just $500,000 of the $7.5 million was guaranteed money; by firing Edsall before his original deal ends Jan. 15, 2017, the school will have to pay him for the remainder of this season and an additional $2.6 million: $2.1 million for next year’s salary and that half-million buyout.
What’s known is that D.J. Pumphrey will be with his teammates this weekend. What’s unknown is if he’ll join them on the field.
The star San Diego State running back sustained a high-ankle sprain in the Week 5 win over Fresno State. Originally, he was expected to be out for a period of 2-4 weeks.
However, it appears the injury isn’t as bad as originally thought as Pumphrey will travel with the team to Saturday’s game against Hawaii. Pumphrey even took nearly two dozen snaps with the scout team during Wednesday’s practice.
He is expected to be a game-time decision for the Mountain West game.
“He says he’s about 90 percent. That’s his estimation,” head coach Rocky Long said. “If he goes and does another 25 reps [with the scout team Thursday], then he will be cleared to play. So he will be with us in Hawaii. Whether he plays or not has yet to be determined. I assume he will be cleared to play tomorrow.”
However, even if he’s cleared, it’ll be up to Long and his offensive coordinator, Jeff Horton, to decide whether he plays.
Pumphrey currently leads the Aztecs with 429 yards rushing and has scored all four of SDSU’s rushing touchdowns. Last season, he finished fourth nationally with 1,867 yards, while his 20 touchdowns on the ground were ninth.