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Buckeyes taking it easy with QB Braxton Miller

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm •  Published: August 15, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Braxton Miller says he's ready to play in a game. Now.

He even challenged a sports writer to go out for a pass, to prove that his surgically repaired right shoulder is sturdy enough to wing a throw on demand.

"I feel good. I could throw right now. You want to run a route?" he said, laughing. "I feel good, man."

With just over two weeks remaining until the opener against Navy, Ohio State is being extremely cautious with the tender right arm of its star quarterback.

Miller, a two-time Big Ten player of the year, had surgery last spring on his throwing shoulder. He missed all 15 spring workouts while rehabbing and, after a full load of work in the first few days of fall camp, sat out Saturday's scrimmage with some soreness.

Coach Urban Meyer is not concerned — not now, anyway.

"It's still early," he said. "If this was (later in camp) and he didn't go, then that's going to hinder our progress."

Ohio State's coaches, including Miller's protege, offensive coordinator and QBs coach Tom Herman, are being very careful. They don't want to jeopardize their prized pupil, particularly when he's backed by largely inexperienced subs.

Sophomores Cardale Jones and Luke Morgan and freshmen J.T. Barrett and Stephen Collier are Miller's top understudies. None has faced the heat in a game hanging in the balance.

Because Miller is such a precious commodity, and also because the Buckeyes believe they have an abundance of other players to throw and hand the ball to, it's likely that he will run the ball less than he has in his first three seasons as a starter.

At least that's the plan in mid-August. In a game, with the outcome teetering on the brink in the closing minutes, well, then maybe that plan will be revised.

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