Braxton Miller was not present to accept his position as a captain for the Ohio State Buckeyes on Monday morning as the Buckeyes quarterback was in Florida as he awaits shoulder surgery on Tuesday.
“Braxton Miller was the high vote-getter,” Meyer said. “He’s down getting surgery. He met with the doctor, I got a text this morning that he met with Dr. Andrews today. Surgery is set for tomorrow.”
Miller suffered a season-ending torn labrum last week in a training camp practice as the Buckeyes Big Ten and national championship aspirations were delivered a crushing blow.
Head coach Urban Meyer said Miller received the most votes and that speaks to his character and leadership abilities that his teammates voted him in as a captain despite the fact he won’t be able to go to battle with them on Saturday’s this fall.
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His presence on the sidelines on Saturdays and at practices this season will be a positive, especially for J.T. Barrett who was named the starter in his absence. Unfortunately he won’t be able to be on the sidelines for the season opener on Saturday against Navy as he recovers from the operation.
“He’ll be one of the 70 [on the travel roster this season] if he can go, Meyer said. He won’t be able to go this time, but there will be times where we’ll have to make that decision.”