After undergoing “minor, outpatient surgery on his right shoulder” on February 21, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was expected to be limited in spring practice, but now the team is saying that Miller “isn’t likely to take a snap.”
Miller, who will return for his senior season after weighing his NFL draft stock, reportedly injured his shoulder during the Orange Bowl loss to Clemson. He played through the injury, but “due to continual discomfort in the joint,” the Columbus Dispatch reported, Miller and OSU doctors made the decision to proceed with the surgery.
Even though Miller will not participate in practice, OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman stressed that Miller can continue to improve on the “mental side of playing quarterback” moving forward, much like he did in 2013.
“He can still get a whole lot better,” Herman said a few days before Miller’s surgery. “He can probably make that same leap this year and still have work to do. Just the constant studying of the game, studying of defenses and the studying of our players now that we’ve kind of done the same thing for two years in a row. I think he’s getting to that point where all that stuff is slowing down, and he needs to stay on that path.”
It must be a scary thought for Big Ten defenses to hear that Miller can still improve. This is a guy who threw for over 2,000 yards and ran for over 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons while leading the Buckeyes to a combined 24-2 record. With that said, Miller was shaky at times as the Buckeyes’ season came to a disappointing conclusion with losses to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game and to Clemson in the Orange Bowl. I suppose there’s always more work to do.
Urban Meyer agrees.
Meyer said Braxton Miller must improve at reading coverages during a play and not focus on pass-rushers coming at him.— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) March 4, 2014
In Miller’s absence, redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones (you know, the guy who didn’t come to Ohio State to “play school”) and redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett will get plenty of reps to solidify themselves as the No. 2 quarterback and potential Buckeye quarterback of the future.
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