Report: Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller will miss entire season

Report: Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller will miss entire season
August 19, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The two-time reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year will not play in 2014, according to a report.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the season after re-injuring his shoulder Monday night, according to a Tuesday report from ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

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Miller's injury was first reported Monday night by the Columbus Dispatch's Tim May, and the Internet instantly exploded with concern for Miller, who's finished in the top 10 in voting for the Heisman Trophy in each of the past two seasons. Miller initially injured his shoulder in the Buckeyes' loss in last season's Orange Bowl, which led to offseason surgery he still was bouncing back from during camp.

The only player from a Power 5 conference team to throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in 2013, Miller was against expected to challenge for the Heisman and lead the Buckeyes to the top of the Big Ten. Ohio State was dubbed the preseason favorite to win the conference and land a spot in the first-ever College Football Playoff.

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Miller has been banged up throughout his career at Ohio State, including last season, when he missed almost the entirety of three non-conference games.

The team still had not announced anything regarding Miller as of shortly after noon on Tuesday.

It is expected that redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett will play quarterback in Miller's place this season. By rule, Miller would be allowed to redshirt this season and return in 2015, but it is obviously unknown whether he'd be interested in doing that.