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Tag Archives: Braxton Miller
WHAT’S THE BIGGER LOSS – BRAXTON MILLER FOR THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES OR JOSH GORDON FOR THE CLEVELAND BROWNS?
Braxton Miller was a Heisman Trophy candidate and was expected to lead the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title and into the first ever NCAA College Football Playoff to battle for a National Championship. He has been lost for the year with a shoulder injury that he had surgery on Tuesday, August 26th.
Miller accounted for 3,162 yards of total offense and 36 touchdowns for the Buckeyes last season.
He threw for 2,094 yards with 24 TD’s and 7 INT’s.
He rushed for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Miller is being replaced by redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett who has never taken a snap in a regular season game at Ohio State. Redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones could also see some time at quarterback. Jones has completed 1 pass in his career in Columbus for 3 yards, but has rushed for 128 yards and 1 score.
Josh Gordon was coming off a record setting year in which he led the NFL in receiving yards with 1,646 yards in only 14 games and he scored 9 touchdowns. Gordon’s yards per catch average was 18.9. Gordon has been suspended for the entire year for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Browns G.M. Ray Farmer passed on drafting highly rated wide receiver Sammy Watkins with the 4th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and then proceed not to draft a receiver at all in the 7 round draft in a year when the receiver position was considered very deep.
The Browns did sign free agent wide out Andrew Hawkins from the Bengals, but he’s not even close to the player Gordon is, and he’s not even considered a #1 receiver. Hawkins totaled only 12 catches for 199 yards last season in Cincinnati and failed to get into the end zone.
The Browns are banking on free agent veterans Miles Austin and Nate Burleson to step in and fill the void left by Gordon’s suspension. Austin and Burleson combined to reach the end zone 1 time last year and both are known more for their injuries lately, than for what they’ve done on the football field. Austin only played in 11 games for the Cowboys last season and Burleson suited up for just 9 games for the Lions last year. Neither have helped the team or quarterbacks Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel so far in the preseason, can you really count on them in the regular season?
URBAN MEYER PRESS CONFERENCE NEWS AND NOTES 8-25-14
Kick off for Ohio State’s 2014 season opener is set for 12:00pm on Saturday, August 30th at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Maryland versus Navy.
The Midshipmen average 325.4 yards rushing per game last season, which ranked second among FBS schools. They are led by quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who rushed for 1,346 yards and 31 TDs last year.
Braxton Miller will have shoulder surgery tomorrow and it will be performed by Dr. Andrews.
Despite the injury and being lost for the season,Miller was named as one of five captains for the 2014 season. Joining Miller is DL- Michael Bennett, LB- Curtis Grant, CB- Doran Grant and TE- Jeff Heuerman.
J.T. Barrett is the starting quarterback but, it’s not a big separation between he and Cardale Jones according to Meyer and the Ohio State head coach said he would not hesitate to put Jones into the game.
However during his press conference on Monday, Meyer did refer to J.T. Barrett again as “Guitonish” and “Business Like” in his approach and style of play.
Joel Hale, Billy Price and Antonio underwood are still battling for the starting LG spot, while Jacoby Boren and Chad Lindsey continue to fight for the starting spot at center.
Urban Meyer also said that he hasn’t picked his starting wide receivers yet either, but not because they aren’t worthy of starting, but because the battles are so close. So anyone of these guys could start at wide out on Saturday versus Navy – Dontre Wilson, Evan Spencer, Devin Smith, Jalin Marshall, Mike Thomas and Corey Smith.
Gaeron Conley and Eli Apple are battling for the other starting cornerback spot.
Curtis Grant is your starting linebacker, but expect freshman Raekwon McMillian to play.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott coming off hand surgery, is 100% full go and is battling Rod Smith, Curtis Samuel and Bri’onte Dunn for playing time.
Urban Meyer said they will probably release they’re official depth chart some time tomorrow.
PODCAST – STEVE HELWAGEN FROM BUCKNUTS.COM ON BRAXTON MILLER INJURY
BRAXTON MILLER WILL MISS THE 2014 SEASON – OHIO STATE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
The major awards candidate re-injured his right shoulder Monday while throwing a short pass
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller re-injured his right shoulder attempting a short pass in practice Monday and will miss the 2014 football season. Miller, who was not hit on the play, was in the process of returning from off-season surgery in February for an injury sustained in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl. This latest injury will require surgery.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Braxton and his family,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said. “This is an unfortunate injury to a young man who means so much to this program and to Buckeye nation.”
“I love Ohio State and Buckeye nation, and my goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever,” Miller said. “I am on course to graduate in December and I want to attend graduate school, and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season. In the meantime, I want to give all the support I can to my coaches and teammates as they chase a championship this season.”
Miller, a communications major, did not practice this spring and had been limited by athletic trainers and coaches in the number of throws he was making this fall. Third-year sophomore Cardale Jones and red-shirt freshman J.T. Barrett took turns behind center with the No. 1 offense when Miller was not on the field.
Miller, who has yet to take a red-shirt season, entered his senior season with 5,292 career passing yards and 3,054 rushing yards to rank ninth and eighth, respectively, in school history and with the prospects of holding close to 20 school records. His 8,346 total yards and 84 touchdowns responsible for are each second in school annals. His 52 touchdown passes are fourth at Ohio State and just six from the school record.
Miller, 26-8 as a starting quarterback, also entered his senior season as a viable contender for all of the major national awards. His seven Big Ten Conference individual awards, including consecutive Chicago Tribune MVPs, Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year awards and Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year awards, are the most in conference history.
It was previously announced by Meyer on Saturday that Barrett, a 6-1, 225-pounder from Wichita Falls, Texas, had moved ahead of Jones for the No. 2 quarterback spot.
Jones, a 6-5, 250-pounder from Cleveland, is the only quarterback on the roster with any game experience. He played 39 snaps from scrimmage last season in games vs. Florida A&M, Penn State and Purdue.
BUCKEYES AND BROWNS NOTES AND QUOTES
Quarterback Braxton Miller enters this season ranked in Ohio State’s All-Time Top 10 in 17 different offensive categories.
Second-year defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle, from Elyria, Ohio, has rejoined the team. Coach Urban Meyer said Sprinkle lost his scholarship for the summer, he will be suspended for the first football game of the season, Aug. 30 vs. Navy, and he will take part in weekly community service projects during the season. Meyer invited Sprinkle, who was involved in a legal altercation in July, back onto the team after charges were reduced and after an independent investigation into the incident. He was at the morning practice today.
True freshman Sam Hubbard, who arrived at Ohio State in June, was projected to play linebacker but was switched to tight end, has been moved back to linebacker. He’ll wear jersey number 49 this season.
Urban Meyer on this year’s recruiting class after Ohio State’s first practice, which kicked off OSU’s 125th football season:
“It’s really early, but I’m really impressed with our freshman class. “It was a good day.”
Johnny Manziel took all the first team reps in practice on Monday and according to Pat McManamon from ESPN.com was 6-17 with one interception, zero touchdowns and three dropped passes. Brian Hoyer, working with the two’s, tossed a touchdown pass and led his squad to a field goal in the two minute drill.
The following Browns did not participate in today’s practice due to injury: TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder), LB Tank Carder (foot), DB Tashaun Gipson (knee), OL Randall Harris (knee), Isaiah Trufant (knee), – NFI: OL Nate McDonald (wrist).
OL Reid Fragel left today’s practice with a lower leg injury.
The Browns on Monday signed DB Royce Adams, activated DL Phil Taylor and waived WR Chandler Jones, LB Edgar Jones,TE James Oboh and OL Jason Pinkston. The Browns roster is currently at 87 players.
Head coach Mike Pettine on if today was a scheduled day for QB Johnny Manziel to take reps with the first-team offense:
“Yes, it’s just all part of the plan that we’ve had. It’ll go back and forth.”
Pettine on if it seemed Manziel took steps forward after watching film from the Family Day scrimmage:
“Yeah, I think both quarterbacks took steps. I thought they both played to their skill set. I thought Johnny did a good job making some plays with his feet, keeping plays alive. (QB) Brian (Hoyer), I thought, showed some poise in the pocket and stepped into some throws. Let’s not forget that he’s a guy coming off of a knee [injury] and that was really the first true live work that he had gotten. I thought that was good work for him, as well.”
Pettine on saying early in camp that barring something unforeseen, Hoyer would start the first preseason game:
“Yeah, I would still say that’s true, but I can’t say it’s 100 percent at this point. I would still say there’s more than reasonable chance that he’ll be the starter against Detroit. That had been the plan. I just want to confirm with (quarterbacks coach) Dowell (Loggains) and (offensive coordinator) Kyle (Shanahan) and see where they are with it.”
Pettine on if TE Jordan Cameron not practicing is still simply a precaution:
“It’s an AC issue with the shoulder, but it’s not anything. If this were a game week, more than likely he would’ve gone. I’m still not sure – we haven’t made a decision yet for Detroit – but more than likely, we will air on the side of caution.”
BIG 10 MEDIA DAYS PODCAST WITH STEVE HELWAGEN FROM BUCKNUTS.COM
BIG 10 THINGS I LEARNED FROM URBAN MEYER TODAY ABOUT THE 2014 BUCKEYES
1) Quarterback Braxton Miller is 100% healthy and in the best shape of his life and ready to roll for his senior year after having off- season shoulder surgery.
2) The offensive line is his biggest concern after losing four starters from a year ago. The battles continue for a few starting spots.
3) After the O-Line, the secondary is next on the list of concerns for the 2014 Buckeyes. Meyer said they have totally blown up the secondary from a year ago and started from scratch with the help of new co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Chris Ash.
4) The strength of this team will be its defensive line not only because of the stud players they have, but also the depth they have at those positions, and new defensive line coach Larry Johnson.
5) Meyer is expecting big things from his linebackers this year, calling it one his stronger groups based on chemistry and trust, the leadership of Josh Perry and Curtis Grant and some talented young players like Raekwon McMillan.
6) In order for his team to be a Big Ten Title contender, the trust and chemistry and development of some of the younger players will need to be there, as well as staying healthy.
7) Meyer feels that the Big Ten’s East Division is one of the toughest divisions in all of college football with Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State, Indiana, Rutgers and Maryland.
8) I expect a larger and more impactful role from Dontre Wilson this year on offense after hearing Meyer talk about him today, saying he’s gained weight and is much stronger .
9) Even though Michigan State won the Big Ten Championship last year by beating the Buckeyes 34-24, Meyer still only sees one rival on Ohio State’s schedule and it’s “That Team Up North”. But in case you disagree with Urban, OSU plays at M.S.U. on November 8th at 8pm on ABC. The Michigan game is November 29th in Columbus this year, start time TBA.
10) Meyer is expecting the receiving core to take a major step forward and carry their own weight on par with the rest of the football team. Meyer said in his first year they didn’t, and last year they got much better, but he said he’ll be disappointed if that group doesn’t improve even more this year.