With the College Football season fast approaching, the first major injury of the season went down this past week. Unfortunately, for the legions of Buckeye fans across the nation, their star QB Braxton Miller will not be taking the field this year due to a shoulder injury.
Braxton Miller has been on college football fans radars for some time now. He has been a Heisman trophy candidate, and he plays for one of the most high profile teams in America. Coming into his junior season this year, Miller was prepared to lead the Buckeyes back to at least the Rose Bowl. Miller already had durability issues, with a prior serious knee injury/rehab and a prior shoulder injury in his medical history. Now once again, it seems another injury is going to sideline Braxton Miller.
While Braxton Miller may not have been an NFL ready QB, there were talks at the end of last season that Miller would take his chances at the NFL Draft. In the end, he decided to come back to Ohio. State to build off a great season last year, and play in a bowl game, after their bowl ban was in effect last season. Unfortunately, another shoulder injury has train-wrecked Ohio. State’s chances of a BCS title in all likelihood.
It is always darkest, before the light. This is a quote that many Ohio. State fans will be using this season, as they look forward to the upcoming 2015 season. The reason for the optimism? The worst thing for a star QB is to have an offensive line that cant block, and give the QB enough time to make the appropriate play. This upcoming season, the Buckeyes enter the year with four new offensive linemen. This is never an ideal scenario, and without star QB Braxton Miller in the huddle, the offense is sure to struggle.
Any injury means, that someone with very little recognition will be looked upon to step up and perform. Welcome true freshman JT Barrett as the new QB general for the Buckeyes. It was always going to eventually be Barrett’s job, but not this soon. It now seems Barrett will have the starting QB job for one season, until Braxton Miller returns in fall 2015 for his senior season. It could be a very uncomfortable season for Buckeye fans, but the future is looking bright. That doesn’t mean Michigan fans won’t be enjoying every second of this all year.