OSU Football: How Braxton Miller’s Surgery Impacts Buckeyes’ Spring Practice

Last week it was revealed Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was going under the knife, having surgery on his throwing shoulder. According to Tim May in the Columbus Dispatch, the surgery is a minor one, but it is expected to limit Miller’s activity this spring game.

Having to undergo surgery is never good, however minor others believe it to be. Yet, in this case it could be a big blessing in disguise.

That’s because there is no Kenny Guiton behind Miller, no backup we all have seen be a plug-and-play option should anything happen to Miller.

Behind Miller is a group that has seen a grand total of two collegiate passes, lead by Cardale Jones, who had those two passes to his name.

Jones also added 128 rushing yards on 17 attempts in his three games of action in 2013. So, while we’ve seen his ability in the run game at times, there’s much more to playing quarterback than being able to run the ball.

The other quarterback under the spotlight for spring football this season is redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett. He is a former 4-star recruit, according to 247Sports.

Joining those two is early entrant Stephen Collier, a 3-star recruit who could really benefit from the extra work, even if he is likely on the outside looking in for the backup spot come the fall.

If offensive coordinator Tom Herman gets his way, it appears Jones will be getting the first look with the starters. As he told Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com about how he sees…

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