Ohio State football: Buckeyes clear QB Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller cleared to play vs. Wisconsin

9/24/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

After over 11 quarters of being sidelined with an MCL sprain, Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller has been cleared to play and is expected to start against Wisconsin this Saturday. Blog Photo - Ohio State football: Buckeyes clear QB Braxton Miller

Miller went down in Week 2 vs. San Diego State during a pocket collapse and hasn't seen action since. Urban Meyer hinted following the Cal game that he could play against FAMU, but the clear decision was to give him the extra time while Guiton received much-deserved playing time.

"I know Braxton, if he has a good week of practice, will start," coach Meyer said Monday. "I saw him (Sunday), and I'm much more confident. I mean, he had a very good day yesterday, and we practiced pretty hard.

"I'm saying he's around 90 (percent) right now, and he could be 100 by next week, I'm hoping."

This puts immediate rest to any speculation of a quarterback controversy in Columbus, which was ridiculous to begin with. Sure, Kenny Guiton put up some huge numbers in Miller's absence: 64-of-94 (68.1 percent) for 643 yards, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions.

But these performances were against porous defensive units and don't really mean much. San Diego State, California and FAMU have a combined 2-8 record and together allow an average of 38.2 points per game.

And yes, Guiton completed 68 percent of his passes while soaking in some stardom, but if you watched the games, you noticed that he lacks anticipation and gets jittery in the pocket, forcing him to miss a handful of wide-open targets—ones that Miller would have hit.

In no way am I downplaying Guiton's importance to the team—he's a team captain for a reason. His leadership is second-to-none and the false Heisman hope that had been murmured by analysts across the country proves that he is likely the best backup in all of college football.

However, Miller is the superstar—and if healthy, you feed your superstar. Ohio State hopes that X-Brax 360 is ready to eat this weekend when the No. 23-ranked Badgers come to town.


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