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Ohio State announced senior QB Braxton Miller will miss the entire 2014 season.

The Buckeyes are confirming Miller re-injured his right (throwing) shoulder during practice Monday, but they have thus far refused to disclose the specific nature of the injury. Previous media reports indicate that Miller dislocated the shoulder on a throw in which he wasn't hit. "My thoughts and prayers are with Braxton and his family," Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said in a statement. "This is an unfortunate injury to a young man who means so much to this program and to Buckeye nation." Miller is saying he intends to return to Ohio State in 2015. "I am on course to graduate in December and I want to attend graduate school, and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season," he said. All eyes are now on redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett, who assumes the starting job.
Aug 19 - 6:35 PM

Ohio State sophomore RB Ezekiel Elliott has been cleared to play following wrist surgery.

Elliott underwent surgery on his left wrist just over a week ago. Elliott had 262 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 8.7 yards per carry as a true freshman last year. Expect the 6-foot, 225-pound four-star recruit in the 2013 class to help pick up a bulk of the rushing attempts left by Carlos Hyde's departure.
Aug 19 - 4:50 PM

Ohio State senior QB Braxton Miller will miss the entire 2014 season, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

It was the news we all expect. Miller underwent an MRI on Tuesday after re-injuring his right throwing shoulder during practice on Monday. J.T. Barrett will almost certainly be named Ohio State's starting quarterback shortly. We are not sure if Miller will take a redshirt season, as he was very close to entering last spring's NFL draft.
Aug 19 - 1:03 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett is expect to start if senior QB Braxton Miller misses time after re-injuring his throwing shoulder.

The news out of Columbus has not been positive as Miller is undergoing an MRI on Tuesday. The longtime starting quarterback had been recovering from shoulder surgery which took place in February. Barrett enrolled at Ohio State in January of 2013 and was recovering from his own injury (knee). The redshirt freshman was a hand-picked recruit by Urban Meyer, and some scouting services even rated Barrett as a four-star cornerback.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 19 - 10:02 AM

Ohio State senior QB Braxton Miller reportedly re-injured his right shoulder during practice on Monday and his 2014 season is in doubt, according to beat writer Tim May.

Ohio State has not confirmed the news at this time. Miller was returning from shoulder surgery that took place in February. His practice time had been limited as his recovery had been slow. Miller just recently told reporters he was near 100 percent and was ready to start the season. Miller seemed to really struggle with his NFL decision last year, with many believing he wanted to enter the draft while he was getting advice to stay. Redshirt freshman JT Barrett will likely draw the starting nod now. The Buckeyes open against Navy.
Aug 18 - 10:03 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett has taken a "slight lead" in the backup quarterback competition, reports The Columbus Dispatch‘s Tim May.

Barrett is on pace to replace Kenny Guiton as Braxton Miller's caddy. "And that’s because of his (taking advantage of his) opportunities," Buckeyes' coach Urban Meyer said. Barrett, a former four-star recruit, beat out sophomore Cardale Jones. "He was always kind of a quiet guy," Meyer said of Barrett. "He’s starting to act like a quarterback." Because Miller is still recovering from shoulder surgery, it's possible Barrett will be needed against Navy or Virginia Tech.
Aug 17 - 11:48 PM

Ohio State sophomore OW Dontre Wilson made Travis Haney's Top 50 breakout list for the second consecutive season.

"He's an impact guy for us," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. Haney's last prediction didn't work out so well -- as Wilson finished with just 53 touches, accounting for 250 rushing yards and 210 receiving yards in 2013 -- but he isn't fazed. You'll recall that Wilson has been compared to Percy Harvin since before he even stepped foot onto campus. One reason Wilson didn't get onto the field more last year was his lithe 5-foot-10, 185-pound frame. He's bulked up since then. "He's much stronger," Meyer said. "He's much more prepared for this level."
Aug 13 - 4:59 PM

Ohio State freshman LB Kyle Berger re-tore his ACL and will miss the 2014 season.

Berger missed last season, his final high school year, and was likely being brought along slowly. We expect him to take a redshirt season. Many scouting services rated Berger as a four-star recruit.
Aug 12 - 10:30 AM

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said senior QB Braxton Miller is "right on schedule" in his recovery from shoulder surgery.

Miller is almost six months removed from the surgery. His throwing during practice sessions has been decreased as a result, but Meyer stressed that he's happy with Miller's progression. "If the game was tomorrow, we'd be very cautious with Braxton," Meyer said. "But we have three weeks." Ohio State opens against Navy later this month.
Aug 10 - 7:49 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote in his Big 10 preview that he is "really down" on Ohio State senior QB Braxton Miller.

Pauline grades Miller as a Rds. 4-5 selection. "I must say I’m really down on Braxton Miller as he showed me little in the way of development as a passer last year," Pauline wrote. "He’s still more athlete than quarterback, more thrower than passer. Considering the ability he showed as a sophomore in 2012 and the reports from August camp last year its disappointing." Because of these criticisms, some scouts see running back as Miller's best positional fit in the NFL. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler outlined Miller's weaknesses in a post earlier this month: "Miller needs to continue his development as a passer for some NFL scouts to be sold. His touch and accuracy still run hot/cold with too many fastballs in his arsenal, needing to develop a change-up."
Aug 10 - 5:44 PM

Ohio State junior OT Taylor Decker will jump up draft boards if his transition to left tackle goes according to plan, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Decker was one of the better blockers on a Buckeye line that was stacked last season," the expert wrote. "The athletic right tackle moves to the left side this year and could make a mad dash up draft boards with a big campaign." Decker missed a little time last year after spraining his MCL in the Purdue game. Pauline grades him as a preseason Round 2 prospect, though Decker has two seasons of eligibility remaining to leap into the first.
Aug 10 - 4:34 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline sees Ohio State junior DE Noah Spence as "a long, athletic pass rusher."

Pauline graded Spence as a Rds. 1-2 prospect. "Spence is a long, athletic pass rusher who primarily comes out of a three point stance but also looks good off the line of scrimmage playing in space," the expert wrote. "He’ll miss the first two games this season with suspension but has tremendous upside and could develop into a first round pick." The 6-foot-3, 247-pound Spence led the Buckeyes in sacks in his first year as a starter in 2013, racking up 52 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks in 12 starts. The Buckeyes prospect received a three-game suspension after testing positive for ecstasy late last season; he served the first game of that suspension by sitting out the Orange Bowl.
Aug 10 - 4:20 PM

Ohio State sophomore RB Ezekiel Elliott underwent surgery for a fractured left wrist Saturday.

He's only expected to miss a few practices, Ohio State confirmed in a statement: "Elliott had surgery on his left wrist this morning at the OSU Medical Center East for a minor injury incurred at practice on Friday. Elliott, from St. Louis, Mo., and Burroughs High School, rejoined the team in time for lunch today. He will continue to attend practice and work on conditioning with a full return to the fields expected around the middle of next week." Elliott had 262 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 8.7 yards per carry as a true freshman last year. The 6-foot, 225-pound Elliott, a four-star 2013 recruit, is expected to take over for Carlos Hyde as the Buckeyes’ lead back.
Aug 9 - 4:34 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded Ohio State junior DE Noah Spence as a Rds. 1-2 prospect.

The 6-foot-3, 247-pound Spence led the Buckeyes in sacks in his first year as a starter in 2013, while racking up 52 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks in 12 starts. We're still awaiting Pauline's Big 10 prospect analysis (he's only published grades to date), but CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote recently that Spence "needs to improve his functional strength, play with more of a mean streak and keep his nose clean, but Spence is a slippery rusher with the lateral quicks and low pad level to be an impact pass rusher in the NFL."
Aug 5 - 2:32 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades Ohio State senior QB Braxton Miller as a Rds. 4-5 selection.

Pauline lists Miller as a signal-caller, while a few other analysts and scouts project him as a running back. Pauline hasn't written up Big 10 prospects, so we'll have to wait on his evaluation, but CBS Sports' Dane Brugler outlined Miller's weaknesses in a post earlier this month: "Miller needs to continue his development as a passer for some NFL scouts to be sold. His touch and accuracy still run hot/cold with too many fastballs in his arsenal, needing to develop a change-up. Miller needs to improve on his footwork and base while focusing on his mechanics."
Aug 4 - 8:48 PM


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