Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer told reports somewhat surprising news on Friday that quarterback Braxton Miller will play for the school this fall.
In an era when players are looking out only for themselves, Miller may have made one of the more unselfish decisions in sports we have ever seen. But was it the right decision?
Sure Braxton Miller was the starting quarterback before tearing his labrum during preseason camp last season, but that should not ensure that he keeps his spot atop the depth chart just because he is healthy.
Ohio State has a plethora of star quarterbacks on its roster, and it seems only fair to allow this to be an open competition. JT Barrett and Cardale Jones both performed well when they were called upon, and some might say ran the offense better than Braxton Miller.
So what did Urban Meyer tell Miller that gave him the confidence to stay? Braxton Miller would have been eligible to play immediately had he decided to transfer. Why would he pass up the opportunity to start elsewhere?
Meyer is no stranger to a two quarterback system. He ran this at Florida in 2007. That year the Gators won the national championship. The starting quarterback at the time was Chris Leak an up and coming freshman Tim Tebow would come in for specific situations. Is that what Urban Meyer is planning to do this season? The truth is you never know what is up the sleeve of Urban Meyer.
Ohio State will open the season at Virginia Tech on September 7th. Will it be Braxton Miller, Cardale Jones, or JT Barrett under center? Something tells me Urban Meyer will play this one close to the chest right up until game time.
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