Ohio State Football: Will Braxton Miller Really Be Ready for the Season Opener?

Since undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, every indication has been that Braxton Miller will be good to go when Ohio State takes the field for its season opener against Navy on Aug. 30.
But will Miller be good to go?

You see, there’s a difference between be ready to go and ready to go, especially at Ohio State and extra especially at the quarterback position in Urban Meyer’s spread offense. Being ready to go would indicate that Miller will be able to put on his uniform and execute the necessary game plan to nullify Navy. Being ready to go? That means Miller playing like the reigning two-time Big Ten MVP he is.

We’ve seen enough from Miller in fall camp to know he can do the former. Through the Buckeyes’ first nine practices of the preseason, Miller has participated here and there, as the OSU coaching staff has admittedly monitored his throwing reps throughout his recovery.

As for the latter, Meyer has admitted Miller isn’t there—at least not yet. Asked on Sunday if the Buckeyes would need to rely on a run-heavy game plan if a game were about to be played, Meyer conceded that they would, before noting that’s not the situation Ohio State finds itself in.

“If the game was tomorrow, because of where he’s at, we would be very cautious with Braxton,” Meyer said. “But we have three weeks.”

That may be the case, and Meyer has repeatedly stated that Miller’s limitations are part of a larger plan to ensure that he’ll be healthy for the Buckeyes’ upcoming…

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