If this were an actual stock report, the market in Columbus would have crashed this week when it was announced that Ohio State star quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the entirety of the 2014 season due to a torn labrum.
Or maybe the Buckeyes would have turned into a value stock, with their national championship odds dropping from 12-1 to 50-1 in the blink of an eye.
Regardless of how you look at it, Ohio State’s final week of fall camp has been an eventful one, as a single shoulder injury has turned the Buckeyes’ season on its ear. In the span of a day, priorities—and perhaps expectations—in Columbus have changed, as Ohio State finds itself just nine days away from opening the 2014 season in Baltimore against Navy.
Next Man Up
With Miller out until at least the 2015 season—he hopes to return as a fifth-year senior—Urban Meyer now turns to redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett, who only recently was named the two-time Big Ten MVP’s top understudy. The OSU offense will undoubtedly change with Barrett at the helm, as the 6’1″, 225-pounder doesn’t possess the arm strength or leg speed that made Miller one of college football’s most dangerous weapons for the past three seasons.
But while Barrett may not be the one-man highlight show that Miller has been, he’s also plenty capable, particularly in the passing game. Look for the Buckeyes to install more of dink-and-dunk approach than they used with Miller, as Barrett will try to distribute the…
Continue Reading: Ohio State Football: Final Fall Camp Stock Report