Miller Will Probably Play on Saturday
By Rob Ogden
Though still not at 100 percent, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is finally getting back into form, and will likely play this weekend against Wisconsin, coach Urban Meyer said Monday.
"Braxton, if he has a good week of practice, will start," Meyer said.
He added that he feels more confident in Miller's status this week than he did leading up to last week's game.
"From what I saw yesterday, much more confident. He had a very good day yesterday. We practiced pretty hard. I'd say he's about 90 (percent) right now, he'll be at 100 by next week, I'm hoping."
Miller hasn't played a snap since spraining his knee on the first drive of Ohio State's win over San Diego State on Sept. 7.
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Meyer said he imagines Miller will be a little rusty after missing so much time.
"That's what I was hoping to get out of the way last week," Meyer said.
"I hoped all week that we could get him in there, even if it's just for a few series, but it just wasn't stable and it would have been not right."
Wide receivers coach Zach Smith said he doesn't foresee Miller needing too much time to shake that rust off.
"He's been our quarterback. There's not a whole lot of discomfort in integrating him back in," Smith said.
"He's been preparing every week as if he was going to play, so it's not like he was gone for two weeks and just came back from vacation." For what it's worth, both Meyer and center Corey Linsley said Miller looked great in practice on Sunday.
"I don't mean to talk him up too much, but he did look phenomenal yesterday," Linsley said.
"He was throwing the ball well. I can tell Braxton's back. He's been working hard and it's definitely gonna come out on Saturday."
In Miller's absence, backup quarterback Kenny Guiton has led the Buckeyes to three-consecutive wins, and has twice been named Big Ten Player of the Week. Guiton threw a school-record six touchdown passes against Florida A&M on Saturday. Meyer said he wants to keep Guiton somewhat involved when Miller comes back, but doesn't know how he's going to do that. Having the pair on the field at the same time probably isn't viable, he said.
"I don't know if that's reality. I keep thinking of ways, I love both those players. I think they're both good players, but I don't know what that gives you," Meyer said.
"If Kenny was a better receiver than one of our receivers, then he'd be playing receiver. Or if Braxton was a better running back, but they're not. So someone has to come off the field. I just haven't decided how were' gonna do it."
Meyer added that Miller has dealt with the injury "like a pro."
"Very proud of the way he's handled his business," he said.
"Yesterday he stayed after and did a lot of conditioning."
Meyer provided updates on defensive linemen Adolphus Washington and Michael Bennett, as well. Bennett had a stinger lingering from the win at California, but Meyer said he's now at full strength and will play Saturday. Washington has missed each of the past two games with a groin injury he suffered in the win over San Diego State. Meyer called him probable.
"He did some stuff yesterday but it's a lingering injury," he added.
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