Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer says his team continues to have good practices despite the news that their star quarterback will miss the entire season.
On Tuesday, the Buckeyes learned that Miller re-injured his shoulder the day before. An MRI revealed that doctors must operate.
Meyer met with the media on Wednesday to discuss the situation.
It will now be up to redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett to start for OSU. Barrett is from Wichita Falls Texas. He's 6'1" and 225 pounds and was rated a top dual-threat quarterback.
Barrett, a red-shirt freshman, beat out Cardale Jones in fall camp to win the second-team QB job.
Meyer says Barrett been getting a lot of practice with Miller sitting out while trying to recover from the shoulder injury.
"JTB had about 300 competitive throws this fall. When Kenny Guiton went into the game in a few years back, he had 6. So, he's had a bunch. He's a meticulous guy, JT, and Cardale has come a long way too," said Meyer.
Meyer says the Buckeyes had their best practice of the year so far on Wednesday.
Even with the effort, Meyer had a message for his offensive players. He said Braxton Miller accounted for around 100 yards of offense a game, and now they will have to step up and fill that gap.
"The quarterback is an important cog, but it's just that - a cog. It's not the team," said Meyer.
OSU meets Navy in their first game on Saturday, August 30.
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