The entire city of Columbus held its collective breath Saturday in Ohio State’s win over SDSU when All-American QB Braxton Miller went down with a knee injury in the first quarter.
Miller’s official status for Saturday’s tilt against Cal is questionable and will be a game-time decision.
“If he’s healthy to play and play like Braxton plays (and) he’s healthy to go, he’ll certainly go,” Meyer said. “We are not saving him or holding back."
Miller threw for 178 yards on 15-of-22 passing with two touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 77 yards on 17 carries in the season-opener against Buffalo. Before going down in the first frame last week, Miller was 2-for-2 passing for 30 yards and only five yards on the ground on one carry.
“Braxton is a fearless player. That was a pass all the way, and then he saw an open seam, because the guy was actually open and he decided to get the first down,” Meyer said. “I like quarterbacks who think that way, get the first down.”
Miller is the type of dynamic quarterback that can earn Ohio State some of those much needed style points throughout the season with his ability to pass and his threat as a runner. It will be important for the Buckeyes to have Miller healthy as the Big Ten portion of the season approaches, particularly because it is widely believed Miller’s health concerns contributed to Ohio State’s drop in the rankings.
Miller has missed time in six games with injury during his time under center at Ohio State.
The Ohio State offense goes as Braxton Miller goes (see the 34-27 loss to Nebraska in 2011 when Miller left the game with an ankle injury and the Buckeyes leading 27-6).