What's brewing with
the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes …
BUCKEYES BUZZ: So what's QB Braxton Miller's status
for Saturday's big game between the fourth-ranked Buckeyes and No. 23 Wisconsin (8 p.m., Ohio Stadium, ABC).
Miller has missed all
of the past two games and most of another with a sprained medial-collateral
ligament in his left knee. Kenny Guiton has come on to dominate, tossing a
school-record six touchdowns on Saturday in the 76-0 washout over undermanned
Florida A&M. Guiton is tied for fourth nationally with 13 touchdown passes
and his pass-efficiency rating is considerably higher than Miller, who started
the first two games before being injured.
Here's what head
coach Urban Meyer had to say on Monday about Miller, Guiton and who'll play
against the Badgers …
On who'll start:
“Braxton, if he has a good week of practice, will start. We'll see how
practice goes this week.”
On whether both could
play at the same time: “I don't know if that's reality. I keep thinking, I
just love both those players. I think they are good players but I don't know
what that gives you. If Kenny was a better wide receiver than one of our receivers,
he would be playing receiver; if Braxton was a better running back or something
(he'd be running the ball), but they are not.”
On how healthy Miller
is: “I'm saying he's around 90 right now. He'll be a hundred by next week,
On whether he's
confident he'll be 100 percent by Saturday: “What I saw (during a Sunday
workout), I'm much more confident. I mean, he had a very good day.”
On if he thought
Miller would be rusty after sitting out the last 11 quarters: “That's a
tough question. I will tell you this: that I am very comfortable with both
quarterbacks. Braxton, I imagine, will have a little bit of rust. That's what I
was hoping to get out of the way last week. So I'm going to practice him real
hard this week.
On settling for
Guiton to start: “Kenny Guiton has shown me he can go in (and play well),
and I didn't know that.”
INJURY REPORT: In
addition to Miller, the Buckeyes
figure may also get back DE Adolphus Washington. He missed last week's game
with a groin injury. Meyer listed him as probable.
Also, they will get
DL Michael Bennett (stinger), who took the FAMU game off to recover.
Freshman WR James
Clark sustained an ankle injury vs. FAMU and his position coach, Zach Smith,
said he was “probably done for the year.”
Tuesday is the 36th anniversary of a memorable game at Ohio Stadium.
No. 3 Oklahoma came
to play No. 4 Ohio
State on Sept. 24,
1977, at the Horseshoe.
It was a matchup of
some of the game's best: Hall of Fame coaches Barry Switzer (Oklahoma) vs.
Woody Hayes (Denison, Miami (Ohio), Ohio
The Sooners jumped
out to an early 20-0 advantage running the famed wishbone offense with Elvis
Peacock and Hall of Famer Billy Sims. The Buckeyes, however, stormed back, capitalizing
on six Oklahoma turnovers – over a span of eight possessions – and scoring
28-unanswered points to take the lead.
OU took advantage of
an OSU fumble late in the game as Peacock added another touchdown, closing the
deficit to 28-26.
Sooners K Uwe von
Schamann then executed a successful onside kick and Oklahoma marched into
Buckeye territory with seconds remaining.
Just before OU was
set to kick a field goal, Hayes called a timeout in attempt to ice the kicker
and Buckeyes fans
began a “block that kick” chant.
Rather than get
nervous, von Schamann raised his arms and egged on the crowd of 88,119. Then he
nailed the 41-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining, giving Oklahoma a
dramatic 29-28 victory.
FATHERLY ADVICE: Tim
Spencer is one of the greatest RBs ever at Ohio State. So when he offers suggestions, you listen – even if he's
Spencer was an
assistant coach for years in the NFL, but now is taking a year off after he was
let go as part of the Lovie Smith regime with the Chicago Bears. That means he
is able to go to the games – and talk about them for long periods afterward –
of his WR son, Evan Spencer.
Evan was asked Monday
if his dad, since he was a two-time All-Big Ten back and a former Buckeye MVP,
ever critiqued Ohio
“No. No, trust
me, he critiques me too much,” Evan said.
So, what does he talk
about after games?
“He doesn't have
a list. He's usually pretty quiet immediately after the game because my mom's
still there,” he said, laughing. “But later on when he can call me or
we can talk alone, he's got a few things he likes to touch on.”
Evan, who had two
touchdown catches on Saturday, said it's a blessing to have his father
“I mean, it's
awesome. It really is. It kind of feels like back in high school (in Vernon
Hills, Ill.) when he got to go to the majority of my games,” Evan said.
“It's cool to have him there and I can look up on the sideline and see him
there, just kind of egging me on, telling me to keep going, to keep grinding.
It's really special and I'm thankful.”