Ohio State QB Braxton Miller expected to play Saturday

Aug 31, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) looks for an open receiver against the Buffalo Bulls at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 40-20. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller was considered a Heisman trophy contender at the start of the season. As the extremely talented quarterback of a team that went undefeated last season, Miller’s candidacy made a lot of sense.

However, he was injured early in the first quarter of Ohio State’s second game, a 42-7 victory over San Diego State. Backup Kenny Guiton has really stepped up. Guiton is 41-of-61 for 441 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception. Some in the media even prefer Guiton to Miller (ESPN analyst Desmond Howard made this statement on College Game Day Saturday).

According to Ohio State’s practice update from Eleven Warriors, Miller will return in some capacity Saturday when the Buckeyes host the Florida A&M Rattlers.

Head coach Urban Meyer said on Wednesday that Miller should play in a limited role against Florida A&M, even though he’s still not operating at full speed.

The quarterback practiced Wednesday, and according to offensive lineman Jack Mewhort, Miller took more mental reps than physical reps. That’s in line with last week, when Kenny Guiton practiced with the first-string offense for nearly the entire week.

The Buckeyes and Rattlers will kick off at noon EST and the game will be on the Big 10 Network.

Topics: Braxton Miller, Kenny Guiton, Ohio State Buckeyes, Urban Meyer

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