Braxton Miller will start if healthy vs. Wisconsin
So what's QB Braxton Miller's status for Saturday's big game between the fourth-ranked Buckeyes and No. 23 Wisconsin?
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, I'm hoping."
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."
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 your dad.
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 State's current running backs.
"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 available.
"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."
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