According to The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller re-injured his right (throwing) shoulder at practice this afternoon. The Dispatch states that the “injury puts in jeopardy his playing status for the coming season.”
Meanwhile, according to Cleveland.com, Miller hurt his shoulder during seven-on-seven drills and left the field in significant pain. An MRI is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
No one from Ohio State has confirmed or denied any of the media reports.
That’s a lot to digest.
Miller, who injured his shoulder during Ohio State’s 40-35 loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl, had suregry in February and has been on the mend ever since. He did not participate in spring drills, and when fall camp began two weeks ago, Miller was restricted in practice.
Entering his senior year, Miller was one of the preseason favorites to win the Heisman Trophy.
If Miller can’t go against Navy on Aug. 30, or any game after that, the starting job will go to redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett, who has edged out Cardale Jones for the back-up spot during fall camp and has taken most of the reps with the first-team so far this month.
Barrett, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 225 pounds, was a four-star recruit by 247Sports.com coming out of Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. For the class of 2013, Barrett was the third-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the nation by 247Sports and the 13th-best prospect out of the state of Texas.
But let’s compare another dual-threat quarterback that has also come out of the Lone Star State.
For the class of 2011, there was quarterback from Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, that stood six-feet tall and weighed 195 pounds. He was listed as the ninth-best dual-threat QB and the 38th-best prospect from Texas, who had offers from Baylor, Colorado State, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech, Oregon, Rice, Stanford, Tulsa and Wyoming before selecting Texas A&M.
That quarterback was 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
So if Miller misses anytime, I feel confident that Barrett can take over and excel for the Buckeyes.