COLUMBUS, Ohio — With just over two weeks remaining before its season opener, it appears No. 5 Ohio State has already suffered a devastating loss.
Two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year, quarterback Braxton Miller, considered among the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy, reportedly reinjured his throwing shoulder in practice Monday.
Ohio State officials declined to confirm Miller was hurt or speak to the severity of the injury, first reported by The Columbus Dispatch.
Miller, a senior, had missed all of spring practice after what was termed “minor, outpatient surgery” on his right shoulder. When workouts resumed in August, he had been held out of a scrimmage and a few practices after experiencing some soreness in the shoulder. But he proclaimed last week and again Monday that he was healthy and ready to go.
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Coach Urban Meyer said last week that the soreness was an expected result of Miller’s throwing in practice.
“I anticipated this,” Meyer said. “I’ve dealt with guys with arm issues before, and we’re being very cautious. He could have practiced (in one of the workouts in which he didn’t play) but we’re in it for the long haul. So he’s right on schedule.”
At the Buckeyes’ media day last week, Miller said his arm felt good and he was able to throw as much as he liked.
“After my rehab, I was throwing to guys at least four days out of the week,” he said. “Our timing and our situation-wise, when I get back in there it’ll be like I never left.”
If Miller is unable to play in the Buckeyes’ opener Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore, redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett would likely get the start, backed by sophomore Cardale Jones.
But the falloff in experience would be precipitous.
Miller has thrown 666 passes in his glittering three-year career. Barrett has never played in a game, and Jones has thrown only two passes.
Barrett, a 6-foot-1, 225-pounder out of Wichita Falls, Texas, was an acclaimed recruit who watched along with Jones last year as Miller took most of the snaps in the Buckeyes’ 12-2 season. When Miller was hurt for most of the San Diego State, California and Florida A&M games with a sprained knee, senior Kenny Guiton had big games while leading Ohio State to victories.
• Oklahoma suspended freshman running back Joe Mixon for the season after he pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assault. One of the nation’s top recruits and a potential starter, Mixon is accused of knocking a woman unconscious with a punch and breaking several bones in her face last month.
He will be excluded from all team activities and removed from the roster.
• Michigan coach Brady Hoke dismissed receiver Csont’e York from the program. York, a sophomore, had been suspended indefinitely since the start of camp for a July 18 incident outside a bar that led to three misdemeanor assault charges.
• Iowa State named junior Sam Richardson its starting quarterback.
• Danny Etling will be Purdue’s starting quarterback when Western Michigan visits Aug. 30.
• Kentucky coach Mark Stoops named redshirt sophomore Patrick Towles as the Wildcats’ starting quarterback, addressing the team’s biggest question since last spring.
• Former Texas running back Joe Bergeron, who was dismissed from the team for undisclosed rules violations, has enrolled at Texas A&M-Commerce.
• The Mid-American Conference agreed to a new 13-year contract with ESPN, giving the network all television distribution rights to the league’s football games through the 2026-27 season.
The MAC has three years left on its current eight-year deal with ESPN that pays the conference about $1 million per year.