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Lions prepare for Miller, OSU prepares both QBs

Associated Press Modified: October 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm •  Published: October 23, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...

BUCKEYES BUZZ: Braxton Miller is practicing with Ohio State.

Also, Penn State is practicing for Braxton Miller.

First things first, coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches' teleconference that Miller is still not 100 percent after being injured late in the third quarter of Saturday's heart-pounding 29-22 overtime win over Purdue.

"He's real sore, his neck, but he's good to go for practice," Meyer said. "Obviously, there's no contact anyway on him."

Meyer said he saw him earlier in the day and he seemed OK.

"I've seen him this morning work out," he said. "Once again, he passed all his tests and everything (Saturday). He's good to go for practice. There'll be no contact. Our biggest concern is just how sore he is."

A team spokesman said on Tuesday night that Miller had worked out with the starting offense and the only problem he had was soreness.

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said the Nittany Lions were preparing as if Miller would play.

"We're preparing for Braxton Miller," he said. "He's an excellent player, one of the top players in the country. He does everything well. He can run, he can throw, he's instinctive and he runs Urban's offense very well. At the end of the day, that's the guy that we have to prepare for."

That doesn't mean the Lions aren't also wary of Kenny Guiton, who came on in relief of Miller and led the Buckeyes 61 yards in 44 seconds for a touchdown and the tying two-point conversion, which came with 3 seconds remaining in regulation. Guiton then guided the Buckeyes to a touchdown in overtime, with the defense clinching the win by stopping Purdue.

"Obviously Guiton came in against Purdue and did a really great job of leading them down the field to win the game," O'Brien said. "So it's a very big challenge. We're just going to try to do the best we can."

Likewise, Meyer said he was preparing both quarterbacks to play at Beaver Stadium (5:30 p.m. on Saturday).

"We're going to have two ready," Meyer said. "Kenny Guiton and Braxton are a little bit different players. They're both good athletes, so we'll still have the elements of the run and option and the things that Braxton does so well. Kenny is a great manager, a great — what's the word I'm looking for — distributor. He does a very good job. He's like a coach on the field. So he gets you in the right plays very easily. We're going to have both ready. And it's not that much different."

QUOTABLE: O'Brien when asked if he and his QB, Matt McGloin, are similar: "Uh, I don't know. He's a much better athlete than me and he has a lot more hair than I do. At the end of the day, we're both Irish, maybe we both have a little bit of a temper, and we both like to compete."

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