COLUMBUS– So, maybe Braxton Miller is a medical wonder along with being a football prodigy.
After appearing to be seriously injured against Purdue last Saturday,OhioState’s quarterback will be back in practice today and is expected to start atPennStateon Saturday.
Miller appeared dazed after a hard tackle by Purdue’s Josh Johnson and left the field on a golf cart with a member of the training staff looping an arm around his shoulders to prevent him from falling off the cart.
But Miller came away with nothing more than a sore neck and doctors found no indication of a concussion or any other injury.
Considering how much the sophomore quarterback means toOhioState’s offense, it was a high level scare to see him lying on the field and being helped to the locker room.
Coach Urban Meyer said his first concern was Miller’s personal well-being. But then other things like what OSU’s record going forward might be without his starting quarterback came to mind.
“He’s sore. He has a very sore neck. He got, like a whiplash,” Meyer said at his weekly press conference on Monday. “I had a long talk with him about it. He was just rattled. And once he settled down he seemed to be fine.
“He made a comment to me that he’s never really been hurt (that badly). It kind of rattled him a little bit, like it would rattle most athletes.”
OhioState’s depth chart lists Miller as the starter when the No. 9 Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) go toPennState(5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) for a 5:30 p.m. Saturday game.
OSU defensive back Christian Bryant said, “He’s doing way better than what he did on Saturday. He’s moving around, talking to guys and laughing. He’s doing pretty good right now. He said he’s good to go so I believe him.”
Offensive lineman Reid Fragel said Miller “looked a little slower” when he saw him Sunday. “But he expects to be back in practice this week. We’re looking forward to getting him back out there and seeing him move around a little bit,” he said.
While the Kenny Guiton-led drive in the final 47 seconds that tied the game and led to OSU’s 29-22 overtime win over Purdue energized Ohio State’s players and fans, Meyer cautioned that there is still a long way to go in many areas.
No offensive players were included in his weekly recitation of who graded out as a “champion” in the previous game. And he said some players have been slow to step forward and fill holes left by injury or less-than-stellar play by the person currently occupying a spot.
He said some frontline players are being forced to play “an inordinate amount of snaps.”
“We’re dealing with a roster that’s around 60 or 59 players. And of those 59, not everybody is playing, obviously. I’m rather disappointed in some handfuls of guys that haven’t contributed. Some guys have got to really step up,” he said.
“My gosh, what are you waiting for? Lets’ go, man. You came toOhioStateto play. You don’t come to watch your team play a game like that and sing the fight song afterwards. You go to be a part of it. We still have far too much of that right now.”