The Ohio State football program received what might be the worst piece of news any college football team could receive during fall camp on Tuesday: Starting quarterback Braxton Miller injured his throwing shoulder in practice and will miss the 2014 season.
Bad news for the Buckeyes. Miller was considered a preseason favorite to be Heisman Trophy finalist entering the year.
It’s a fate Oklahoma State coaches were happy to avoid, as offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich mentioned after Saturday’s scrimmage.
“I think that’s a compliment to our strength and conditioning program,” Yurcich said. “They’ve done a heck of a job preparing our guys … Coach (Mike) Gundy does a really good job of explaining how to practice smart. That really helps you stay healthy as well.”
FORBES REPORT: FSU TICKETS LESS EXPENSIVE ON SECONDARY MARKET
Florida State enters this season as the top-ranked team in the nation. But that doesn’t mean its football ticket prices rank as high.
According to Forbes.com and data collected by TiqIQ, the average cost of a FSU football ticket this season on the secondary market averages $105.95.
The figure doesn’t put the Seminoles within the top-25 highest college football ticket prices nationally, the report states, and is the cheapest for a preseason No. 1 since the study began in 2011.
RANDLE WILL TALK
Joseph Randle was never hungry to be in the media spotlight.
At Oklahoma State, he was the interview who always had concise answers. Mostly deflected questions about himself. Always spoke highly of teammates and coaches.
That’s not how every 20-year-old college student reacts in the same circumstances.
So it wasn’t all that surprising when a report surfaced on social media Monday afternoon that the second-year Dallas Cowboys running back had planned to not talk to the media this season. But Randle changed his mind for a pretty good reason.
From ESPNDallas.com writer Tim MacMahon’s Twitter account: “Cowboys RB Joseph Randle planned not to talk to media this year. Told he could be fined $25K/week, he said, ‘I guess I’ll talk to y’all.’”
A financially sound decision. The NFL season lasts 17 weeks. Had Randle just accepted the penalty, it would cost him $425,000.
Randle will just have to deal to with reporters this season, but it’s far from his top priority. He’s fighting for position on Dallas’ running back depth chart, firmly behind DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar. The number three slot will be filled by either Randle or former Virginia Tech back Ryan Williams.
Randle scored two touchdowns and rushed for 164 yards on 54 carries last season.
“(Randle’s) really done an excellent job since the start of training camp,’’ Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told The Dallas Morning News earlier this month. “He’s grown a lot since he’s been with us. I thought he was decisive running the football, putting his foot in the ground and getting up the field. It looks like he saw the field well, saw the holes, saw the soft spots and got north and south. I thought he had a real good night.
“I think you’re seeing him grow and mature right before our eyes.’’