The Ohio State Buckeyes are favored by most people to win the Big Ten in 2014, however those chances have now taken a significant hit with the news that senior QB Braxton Miller will be out for the 2014 season.
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller is out for the season, a source told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 19, 2014
Miller injured his shoulder in practice on Monday, the same shoulder that he was rehabbing following surgery this offseason. He was limited with regards to contact in practice, however all it took was one bad shot when he was cleared for contact to make the team’s worst nightmares come true.
Injuries have been a problem for Miller throughout his college career in Columbus, and that was no more evident than it was last season when he missed two games.
The only difference between last year and this year, though, was the fact that they had experienced backup Kenny Guiton to run the show while Miller was out, and he did a masterful job of helping keep the team on track for their second consecutive undefeated regular season.
Now with Guiton gone, Ohio State will presumably now turn to redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett to grab the reins of the offense. Just this past Saturday after practice, head coach Urban Meyer noted that Barrett had surpassed Cardale Jones in the race to be the backup, so it appears the youngster will get the shot.
As for Miller’s future, well he has two options. Given the timing of the injury, he could very well apply for a medical redshirt, be granted it and return for the 2015 season. Or, he could do what he almost did following last season and try his hand at the NFL when he fully heals up.
Nonetheless, the landscape of the Big Ten has drastically changed.