It had been two weeks since Braxton Miller set foot on a football field during game day. The junior quarterback suffered what looked to be a scary knee injury in week two after throwing just two passes. Having played in just one whole game this season, people were starting to wonder if the Ohio State Buckeyes were better off without the former Heisman-hopeful quarterback.
Saturday night marked the first full game for the quarterback since week one and people were a bit weary of the choice made by Urban Meyer to start Miller in place of senior gunslinger Kenny Guiton who had been phenomenal in Miller’s absence, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes for 664 yards and 13 touchdowns in a little under three games.
Yes, it seemed like Guiton took this team to the next level much to everyone’s surprise. The senior quarterback looked to have a better arm and more accuracy than Miller and it seemed fitting that he would finish his uneventful career with the Buckeyes as a starting quarterback and play himself right into a draft selection.
However, Meyer decided that it was time for Miller to get back on the field as the team’s starting quarterback — a distinction the junior has held for the better part of three years.
I’m sure Miller was more nervous than ever, seeing as he now has true competition behind him on the depth chart if he ever slips up and gets in a slump. I’m sure that also motivated him to play the best game in recent memory that he’s had behind center and he showed everyone just why he was considered as a Heisman favorite prior to the season.
While a Heisman Trophy is improbable now since he’s missed the better part of three games, he has to go out and prove himself as the best quarterback in the Big Ten every week.
Miller passed for 198 yards and four touchdowns while completing 17 of 25 passes in a huge win against the Wisconsin Badgers. Just a great comeback story for someone who was wrongly doubted during his time off the field because of Guiton’s stellar play.
Bad news for Guiton: he’s no longer going to see the field. Good news: he could start on most of the teams in the Big Ten.
Looks like Braxton is back.