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Depth Chart Commentary
By Rob Ogden

Last week taught us just how little of an indication the two-deep actually gives about whether a not a player will see the field.
Braxton Miller did not even suit up at Cal
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Braxton Miller

For the second-consecutive week, quarterback Braxton Miller tops the depth chart at his position despite his health being in question.

Miller's name appeared atop the depth chart last week too, but the junior didn't play a snap in the Buckeyes' 52-34 win at California.

Coach Urban Meyer called Miller "probable" for Saturday's game against Florida A&M.

"I'd say there's a pretty good chance," he said. "I don't want to give a percentage."

Meyer added that they wouldn't hold Miller back to save him for Big Ten play, which begins the following week.

"If he's ready, he'll play this week."

Even if Miller is ready to play, backup quarterback Kenny Guiton will likely still get a few snaps under center.

Meyer said he's still working out how to get Guiton in the game, and added having Guiton and Miller on the field at the same time is something he's considering.

Guiton's said he's not sure if, or how, he'll get back one the field once Miller returns to health.

"I have no clue. That's the coaches' decision," Guiton said. "I'm happy with whatever they wanna do. Whatever's best for the team. When my number's called, I'll be ready. I'll just let them handle it, and I'm all in."

One name that doesn't appear on the updated two-deep is Carlos Hyde's. Hyde is set to return to action this week after serving a three-game suspension.

Hyde, the Buckeyes' leading rusher a year ago, has done everything he was required to do in order to return to the field, Meyer said.

"As of right now, he's back," he said. "We're anxious, he's done a really good job. He's running the scout team the entire time. He's had a very good attitude, taken care of his business in the classroom and we are anxious to get Carlos back."

Jordan Hall is still listed as the Buckeyes' top running back, and Meyer said he's not yet sure how Hyde's return will affect Hall.

"I don't know. Been thinking about that," Meyer said. "But Jordan Hall certainly has earned the right to touch the ball in a big way, so I'm not sure yet."

After nearly a 10-month hiatus, Hyde is ready to get back to football. Saturday's game is one he has been anticipating for a while.

"Watching film on famu," Hyde wrote on Sept. 4 via Twitter.

"I feel bad for famu lol. #Victim," he tweeted Saturday. The tweet was later deleted.

The only changes to this week's edition of the two-deep from last week are very minor. Junior J.T. Moore is no longer listed at tight end and sophomore Craig Fada is no longer listed behind Trey Johnson weak side linebacker.

This Week's Depth Chart

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