Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller is doing everything he can to prepare for the upcoming 2014 season.
On Friday, Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch reported Miller’s offseason activities would include undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right (throwing) shoulder.
According to May’s sources, Miller sustained an injury during Ohio State’s loss to Clemson, 40-35, in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. However, the Huber Heights, Ohio, native was able to finish the game.
The shoulder has been bothering him ever since, making the surgery necessary.
“You’ve got to take time for rest after a football season like that, but my body is well, it’s rested,” Miller said Wednesday, via May’s report. “It’s ready to get motivated again and get back out there on the field.”
Although the procedure is considered minor, the recovery time will likely limit his participation during the Buckeyes’ spring practice, which begins March 4.
While he is sidelined, the team will turn to its other three quarterbacks on scholarship. Sophomore Cardale Jones—a 3-star recruit in the class of 2012, per 247 Sports—is expected to be the front-runner for the No. 2 job, but redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett and freshman early enrollee Stephen Collier could also see some snaps.
It’s a role that will be important for Ohio State given Miller’s history with injuries.
Last season, he missed the majority of three games. If it weren’t…