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Braxton Miller ’90 percent,’ will start if healthy

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As the Braxton Watch stretches into its third week, those looking for a quarterback controversy in Columbus are going to be sorely disappointed.

Updating the status of Braxton Miller Monday, Urban Meyer declared the quarterback to be “90-percent” healthy and, “if he has a good week of practice, will start” in the Big Ten opener against Wisconsin Saturday.

Miller suffered a sprained MCL in the first quarter of the Week 2 win over Buffalo and hasn’t played since.  The head coach seemed optimistic the junior would get at least a bit of playing time against Florida A&M this past weekend, although both agreed prior to the game that another week on the sidelines would be the best tack to take.

In place of Miller, Kenny Guiton has shined — and led some to call for his maintaining the starting job even after Miller healed.

Guiton threw a school-record six touchdowns in the win over FAMU, and has been named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week the past two Mondays (he shared Week 4 honors with Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon).  His 12 scoring tosses since taking over for Miller are the most ever for a Buckeye during any three-game stretch.

Not only that, but Guiton is No. 13 in the country in passing efficiency and has the highest rating of any Big Ten quarterback.  Still, Meyer has continued to stress that Miller will not get Pipp’d.

Meyer did say he is “very comfortable with both quarterbacks,” although it remains unclear if Meyer has any plans to use both players once Miller returns.

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10 Responses to “Braxton Miller ’90 percent,’ will start if healthy”
  1. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 23, 2013 2:27 PM

    I say Urban should play Miller and Guiton. Make Wisconsin prepare for 2 QBs. While Miller is a better athlete, Guiton is better at executing the option (he makes better reads). Miller is less likely to make a mental error during pass plays. Both can throw long. The team respects both QBs as leaders. Go Bucks! Beat Wisconsin!

  2. torrigjp says: Sep 23, 2013 2:34 PM

    FAMU. We’re really counting those stats? That was like playing against a high school team

  3. sfsugator says: Sep 23, 2013 3:49 PM

    I’m not even a buckeye fan but if miller isn’t a 100% from a knee, I would keep with the hot hand that is scorching there record books. just saying. Fight On.

  4. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 23, 2013 4:27 PM

    @ torrigjp:
    Yes, we are counting FAMU. Hitting a receiver on a dead run 40 yards down field is pretty good regardless of who you are playing. You seem to forget that he played equally well against Cal. He also played well in the 2nd game when Braxton went down.

  5. jrs45 says: Sep 23, 2013 5:01 PM

    It’s a good situation to have. Both qbs are solid. I really think the game is going to be between the wisc off vs the OSU def. Regardless who starts the Bucks can score.

  6. floriosbigtoe says: Sep 23, 2013 5:02 PM

    Why? BM is so overrated. Guiton is the better QB.

  7. barkleyblows says: Sep 23, 2013 5:28 PM

    Not sure how you can say BM is “so overrated” when he won B1G player of the year on offense last year. The guy makes plays. He might not be the greatest passing the ball yet but he makes plays with his feet.

  8. jrs45 says: Sep 23, 2013 5:38 PM

    Miller overrated??? Ummmmmm ok???

  9. dkhhuey says: Sep 24, 2013 8:54 AM

    @bigtoe – congrats, you’ve won the award for the stupidest statement of the day and that is not an insignificant feat given what is posted on here daily!

  10. RudeGalRider says: Sep 24, 2013 9:22 AM

    Maybe they should redshirt Braxton

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