Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – After missing two games with a knee injury, Ohio State has cleared quarterback Braxton Miller to play as the No. 4 Buckeyes face No. 23 Wisconsin in their first Big Ten game of the season Saturday.
“I know Braxton, if he has a good week of practice, will start,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “I saw him [Sunday], and I’m much more confident. I mean, he had a very good day yesterday, and we practiced pretty hard.
“I’m saying he’s around 90 [percent] right now, and he could be 100 by next week, I’m hoping,” he added.
In a decision made between coaches, training staff and the quarterback, the Buckeyes (4-0) decided to sit Miller for a second consecutive game Saturday in an effort to get his sprained left knee closer to full strength.
Without Miller, the Buckeyes had little trouble in dispatching Florida A&M, 76-0, via a school-record six touchdown passes by backup quarterback Kenny Guiton.
Guiton could also see some playing time against the Badgers (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) if Miller, the reigning Big Ten player of the year, will not be in top shape.
However, Meyer said he expects Miller to be in top shape.
“I am very comfortable with both quarterbacks, and Braxton, I imagine there might be a little bit of rust, which I was hoping to get out of him last week, so I’m going to practice him real hard this week,” Meyer said.
“But Braxton is 13-0 as a starter [since the start of last season] and has done very well with his improvements. Someone has to come off the field,” he added.