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Optimistic Urban Meyer opens up on Braxton Miller injury, impact

Urban Meyer, Braxton Miller

If you were expecting a sullen and despondent Urban Meyer in the wake of the Braxton Miller injury, you will be sorely disappointed.

Wednesday morning, the Ohio State head coach, during an interview on the Mike & Mike Show, made his first public comments since yesterday’s announcement.  While acknowledging “your gut starts to hurt” when ” a member of your family [goes] down,”  Meyer was optimistic about the future of his squad, which, prior to Miller’s season-ending injury, was viewed by many as the Big Ten favorite and potential playoff qualifier.

I think we’re going to be a very good team,” the coach said in quotes transcribed by the Columbus Dispatch. “Has my thought changed? Not at all. …

“Our guys have responded [positively to the injury news].”

Meyer also praised Miller for his attitude since the injury, which has seemed to have an impact — a positive one — on the entire team.

“The best thing is Braxton’s reaction,” Meyer said. “Braxton has a big smile on his face, is out at practice, is talking to our quarterbacks. I’m telling you, he’s a grown man. That’s credit to him, his family and his high-school coach, Jay Minton.”

The quarterback who’ll likely lean on Miller, the quasi-coach, the most is T.J. Barrett.  The redshirt freshman has never played a down at the collegiate level let alone attempted a pass.  He’s expected to get the start, at least in the opener against Navy,  ahead of Cardale Jones.

Miller will be looked upon to provide a veteran presence for Barrett, one who can be both a mentor and a coach all in the same package.  Meyer’s going to do his part as well, scaling back the offense and tailoring it to Barrett’s skillset.

“We’re not at this point going to ask him to throw that post corner on the field a 35-yard route on a seven-step drop,” Meyer said as an example of tailoring the offense for Barrett. “He’s not made for that yet.”

The Dispatch pointed out that “the offense under Barrett is likely to resemble what it looked like when Kenny Guiton took over when Miller was injured early last year.”

Miller suffered a knee injury in the first quarter of the Week 2 win over San Diego State and was replaced for the remainder of that game as well as the next two by Guiton.  Guiton totaled 13 touchdowns — 12 passing — in those three games before Miller returned for the win over Wisconsin.

The difference between Barrett and Guiton?  Guiton was a senior with at least some playing experience before being tossed into the fray.  Neither Barrett nor OSU has that luxury this time around, with Barrett’s acclimation to the game at this level likely going a long way in determining whether or not, as Meyer stated, the Buckeyes are a very good team at season’s end.

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30 Responses to “Optimistic Urban Meyer opens up on Braxton Miller injury, impact”
  1. general74 says: Aug 20, 2014 11:55 AM

    What is Urban suppose to say “we lost our best player so we are going to stink now” now coach in the history of coaches has ever said that. They all would say what he said. This is a non story from a Buckeye fans point of view. As a Buckeye fan I’m not tapping out on the season yet anyway, the schedule is manageable, we have great coaches, the kid was a highly recruited player, and there is a lot of skill around him even though they are untested as well. All that untested skill around him would have been just the same around Miller so yes this hurts but not as much as many are saying. If the O-line can block and give time and the D-line can put pressure on the QB the team will be just fine.

  2. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 20, 2014 12:14 PM

    Lol. URB don’t confuse good record for being a good team. Just because u beat a bunch of scrubs and end up with a good record doesn’t mean you are any good.

    They play 1 good team all year and of course they will lose at Michigan.State.

    Then get blown out in their bowl game.

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 20, 2014 12:44 PM

    @ brownsmakemecrazy:

    As usual, you are one of the first to post a comment. As usual, the comment is mean spirited. You obviously hold some sort of a grudge against tOSU. I suspect it is because you applied for admittance and you were rejected. You can’t expect a university to admit someone who flunked their GED final exam.

  4. rabiddog20 says: Aug 20, 2014 2:16 PM

    @ brownsmakemecrazy:

    Damn… In the past 11 years the Buckeyes have won 1 BCS Championship, lost 2, won 3 Fiesta Bowls, 2 Rose Bowls, 1 Sugar Bowl and they still suck. Imagine what could happen if they actually ever become a good team.

  5. barkleyblows says: Aug 20, 2014 2:19 PM

    Clownsfan is a fag

  6. squackduckhawk says: Aug 20, 2014 3:05 PM

    That sucks. My ideal playoff would have been FSU, tOSU, Alabama, and Oregon. Hope Braxton recovers because he his a dynamic player and a great leader.

  7. jrs45 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:06 PM

    rabiddog20,

    When you break it down like that I can see why people hate OSU. Some great victories and accomplishments there.

  8. bamafan1973 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:01 PM

    Urban is not too worried, as the Suckeyes only play one team ranked in the top 25 preseason poll. Besides, if it really gets rough, he will feign a heart attack and look for another job somewhere else! If you OH-NO fans would start complaining about a ‘cupcake’ schedule, and try and play other universities OUTSIDE of Ohio, you might get a little respect. As it is, NOT.

  9. rabiddog20 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:37 PM

    Easy there Western Carolina on November 22nd… That should be a tough one for Bama late in the season.

  10. bamafan1973 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:53 PM

    Look at OSU schedule, please. I rest my case.

  11. adambruce88 says: Aug 20, 2014 5:43 PM

    THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES —the best POP WARNER team in the country, unless they try to travel south. then its bed wetting and thumb sucking. comment over heard on the side lines at last years bowl game ” this isn’t fair Irvin promised we wouldn’t have to play down south and all our opponents would be cupcake, its just not fair.

  12. basebuck says: Aug 20, 2014 7:18 PM

    Man, there are some idiots that come on board here! Really have no clue what they are saying! Navy, 8-4 last year, virg tech, Cincinnati favorite to win their league. Not a bad non-league schedule!haters going to hate? Go Bucks!

  13. bamafan1973 says: Aug 20, 2014 7:24 PM

    Hey, Basebuck: I hear that the Cleveland University for the lame and sight impaired is available for OSU! Really, have you got to scrap the barrel to find some resemblence of competitive teams? As mentioned earlier, OH-NO has one (1), uno, singular, team on the top 25 preseason poll on their schedule. Period. End of story.

  14. shoe23 says: Aug 20, 2014 7:48 PM

    West Virginia, Florida Atlantic, Southern Mississippi, Arkansas played lights out last year, Mississippi State and Western Carolina. Tough 7 opponents there, Bama fans.

  15. shoe23 says: Aug 20, 2014 7:51 PM

    bamafan1973 Look in the mirror. Why won’t SEC teams come North to play in November and December? Because the girls do not like the cold weather. Have the balls to play a home and home where a B1G comes South in the scorching heat and then they come North and play when it is below 30 degrees. Don’t think they are man enough. Shut your hole.

  16. shoe23 says: Aug 20, 2014 7:53 PM

    adambruce88, Who is Irvin? Did you mean Urban? If so, make sure you can get names right before post.

  17. jrs45 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:05 PM

    Base buck and shoe23,

    Don’t even waste your time with these losers. It’s pointless.

  18. shoe23 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:10 PM

    jrs45. Good point.

  19. jrs45 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:21 PM

    shoe23,

    You do make a great point though. Why aren’t bowl games up north? With OSU michigan and Penn State consistently being in the top 6 in attendance it would make since. Football was made in the cold weather. At least the nfl had a SB in ny. Would be interesting seeing some teams play in the snow.

  20. dkhhuey says: Aug 20, 2014 8:27 PM

    jrs – you are spot on!

    I love hearing how the team has responded to this! They are coming out angry and motivated and that will be fun to watch! Losing Braxton stings a great deal but the reaction of the team is perfect!

  21. jrs45 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:37 PM

    dkhhuey,

    To be honest I’m still not worried about the QB play. The oline losing 4 starters and the defense still needs work. We will see though.

  22. dkhhuey says: Aug 20, 2014 8:57 PM

    jrs – no doubt! He has the skills, he has the leadership, and he has the football intelligence/mentality – but until he actually gets on the field in real time game situations – you have no idea how he will perform!

    I do know that he is surrounded by lots of speed and play makers so if he can manage to limit the turnovers – I think we’ll be in decent shape

  23. jrs45 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:00 PM

    Dk,

    Very true. Not trying to be cocky but it’s hard for me to see an Urban Meyer offense that stinks. You make a great point JT is no Miller or Guiton but with that talent around it shouldn’t miss a beat. The defense that we saw against michigan, MSU and Clemson was uncalled for.

  24. bamafan1973 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:01 PM

    No one with 1/2 a brain would or want to spend the money to go to a bowl game up north. It is like “who retires and moves north”? Talk about shutting your hole up! Besides, any meaningless bowl played up north would be…..meaningless. The football conference is the SEC, not the b1g! Vagina U’s.

  25. jrs45 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:05 PM

    How do you know till they play a game up north? The SB sold out didn’t it. I’m sure a cfb natl championship game would also. And last time I checked many people aren’t moving to bama lol

  26. shoe23 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:06 PM

    Still a bunch of girls. Can not play in the cold. I may slip on some ice and break a nail.

  27. shoe23 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:12 PM

    And if you could read I never said bowl game. That is fine if the SEC is too scared or feel it is “stupid” to play a bowl game North of Moronsville, Alabama. I said regular season game but if that is too much then maybe going dress shopping suits you better.

  28. jrs45 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:14 PM

    shoe23,

    As much as you are cracking me up we can’t have you stoop to their level. Lol that’s what they want.

  29. tmac2126 says: Aug 21, 2014 9:26 AM

    “Oh, Alabama,
    Banjos playing through the broken glass
    windows down in Alabama,
    See the old folks, tied in white robes
    Don’t it take you down?

    Alabama, you got the weight on your shoulders,
    and it’s breaking your back.
    Your Cadillac has got a wheel in the ditch, and a wheel on the track.”

    Oh, momma says hi. And Go Bucks!

  30. dkhhuey says: Aug 21, 2014 6:13 PM

    The Buckeye Nation is nourished by all the hatred – it only emphasizes how great the program is!!! Thank you and please continue!

    GO BUCKEYES!!!

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