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Two-Minute Drill: Fickell Tabs Braxton
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An already eventful week just got that much more interesting.

Five days after Ohio State’s crushing 24-6 defeat in Miami, Head Coach Luke Fickell announced he is making a change at quarterback.

Fifth-year senior Joe Bauserman is out after his 2-for-14 effort against the Hurricanes and true freshman Braxton Miller will make his first start against Colorado on Saturday.

Braxton Gets the Nod

  • Fickell said it was time to make the switch to see what Braxton can do. Said he felt it was best for the team moving forward. 
  • The Buckeyes considered going to Braxton earlier this year, but didn’t feel the time was right until now.
  • Miller will get the start, but the Buckeyes still have a plan to get Bauserman into the game.
  • Fickell said Bauserman took the news well and showed maturity.
  • Fickell waited until Thurs. to announce the decision to make sure he handled it properly in the locker room.
  • Asked if decision was a consensus among the staff, Fickell said, “what’s done is done. That's the way we’re going right now.”

Offensive Updates

  • Sophomore WR Philly Brown (ankle) probably won't go this week against Colorado.
  • Fickell said tailbacks Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde could both start the game in the backfield together.

Defensive Updates

  • Fickell said he thinks there could be other new starters on Saturday against Colorado.
  • Fickell said sophomore DB Christian Bryant could get the start, depending which personnel they have out there.
  • Fickell said sometimes the most overrated stat on defense can be sacks because you're not thinking of what you have to do, just worried about getting to the QB.


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