Two weeks before the season begins, Ohio State’s season is over. Or at least that what it seems.
News broke yesterday that the Buckeye’s quarterback was done for the year after sustaining a right shoulder injury during Monday’s practice.Miller sustained the injury during a non-contact portion of the practice, and was reportedly taken off the field under medical supervision.
Now the duties apparently will fall to redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett when the Buckeyes open the season on Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore. Four out of five of the Buckeyes’ first games are cream puffs before they travel to Penn State on October 25th.
But this injury almost assuredly derails the Ohio State return to prominence this season, as Miller was a favorite for the Heisman and was thought to be one of the most impactful players for the upcoming college football season.
Injuries are part of the game. Mississippi State lost an offensive lineman for the season yesterday in veteran Damien Robinson. Auburn lost arguably their 1st or 2nd best offensive lineman in Alex Kozan and best pass rusher in Carl Lawson, not to mention losing Robinson Therezie due to eligibility issues. Injuries have plagued the Tiger defense all summer.
It’s rare and unfortunate when something like a season ending injury to a high impact player happens to a team. When Tyrone Prothro went down in 2005, Bama’s thin offense was never the same.
So my question to you is, for Alabama or Auburn, what player would it take going down to derail the Tide or Tigers hopes in 2014?