Wednesday Practice Update: Cal Week

By Kyle Rowland on September 11, 2013 at 7:45p
Braxton Miller is still day-to-day.

Braxton Miller’s status remains unknown. Ohio State’s dynamic quarterback practiced briefly on Wednesday, according to head coach Urban Meyer, and then retired to the football facility for treatment on his sprained knee.

All options are currently on the table – Miller starting, Guiton starting and even Guiton starting with Miller providing relief. Meyer said he’s still optimistic Miller will play with Thursday providing a clearer answer. But he added that Miller’s status could be a game-time decision.

Ryan Shazier and Christian Bryant each said Miller looked normal in the limited time he practiced. The biggest thing hampering Miller is adapting to wearing a brace.


  • Meyer said Cal’s defense, which is ranked near the bottom of FBS, is being slowed due to injuries. He said when the starters are in the defense performs well.
  • Cal is also going through changes on defense with a new coaching staff. Meyer said it’s similar to Ohio State’s struggles during the first half of last season.
  • Adolphus Washington has not practiced this week. Meyer said he’s on the travel roster at the moment, but it could change before Friday.
  • Corey Linsley should be fine to play a full game Saturday, according to Meyer.
  • Bri’onte Dunn and Michael Thomas are two guys that have been forgotten on offense. Meyer said Dunn needs to get a better grasp of the offense. He said he doesn’t want to waste a year of eligibility on them just to get them in the game. He wants them to contribute. Both have a redshirt year available. 
  • Shazier said when you’re a good defense you don’t allow the opponents to run 100 plays. He said the goal is to have the Ohio State offense dictate the game’s tempo. The Buckeyes want Cal to go 3- and 6-and-out.
  • Last season’s defensive problems against Cal were as simple as the D not getting leverage, Shazier and Bryant said.
  • Shazier and Bryant said Brendan Bigelow can be contained by keeping him from getting the edge. Once he does, he’s tough to corral because of his speed. Shazier said the scout team has practiced Bigelow’s spin move.
  • Carlos Hyde is working as the scout team running back.
  • Bryant said he just remembers the defense making a bunch of small mistakes last season that magnified. It only takes one thing to develop into a big play for the offense.
  • It’s a defensive backs dream, Bryant said, to go against a pass-happy offense. He’s looking forward to being able to make a huge impact.

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MN Buckeye's picture

Thanks for all of the great information, Kyle! I am sure the coaches have put together a comprehensive game plan for Cal, and I can hardly wait for Saturday.

njclebuckeye5's picture

First primetime game baby!

Lobs it to the endzone... Touchdown Devin Smith!!

Doc's picture

It seems Braxton's injury is worse than expected. I've got full confidence in KennyG, but really would like to see Braxton healthy.  At least he has a couple of weeks to get back to health before league play starts.

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B1G 10 Buckeye Stuck in SEC Country's picture

I don't know if its necessarily worse, but if wearing the brace is going to negate Braxton's best asset I agree let him sit and get healthy. 

" Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid." - John Wayne 

NYC Buckeye's picture

Yea I'm starting to get that same feeling, that the injury is more significant that anyone is admitting...  I'm thinking it may be best to rest him for Cal and Fla A&M...

Haybucks's picture

The knee isn't supposed to hinge from lateral to medial.  #47 had Braxton's leg in a twisting tackle while #42 came in to lower the boom on Braxton's upper body.  The knee bent inwards.  It had to hurt.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


fanatibuck's picture

^^^^^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^^^^^!  and at the same time, unfortunately, I believe he is a target since opposing defenses know he is injury prone. I hope the officials keep a good eye on intentional attempts to injure our hero.  


Bolt's picture

Could it be some gamesmanship is in play with Urbz here? No one has any certainty what's going on with Miller. If it's worse than we thought and Meyer's considering him a game time decision Cal has to prepare and gameplan specifically for a game changing athlete like Braxton. If it's less severe than they're letting on it at least means the coaches and players have to waste time watching film of Kenny G to get a feel for him and learn some of his tendencies.
Or his status could be truly up in the air. If we're all guessing at it, so too are the Cal Bears.

jedkat's picture

^^^^this. I seriously suspect they know exactly where he is (I believe he's g2g) and this is all gamesmanship.

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ATXbucknut's picture

Screw Golden Bears.

TheBadOwl's picture

Wait, hasn't Michael Thomas played this year? I swear he was out there on Dontre's touchdown run.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Basso Profondo's picture

Pretty sure the only guy in the #80's out there for us during that play was Chris Fields.

bucks_4_life's picture

I was thinking the same thing, then realized I was thinking about my dynasty in NCAA 14...

The juice is worth the squeeze

Hovenaut's picture

That's great coverage Kyle....nice to get some concise answers regarding Adolphus, Brionte and MT.

Good to hear from RDS and Christian Bryant addressing the need for the d to stay focused, with attention to Bigelow as well.

Can't wait for Saturday, really hope we see this team take some serious steps forward.

TraptnMI's picture

FYI- Cardale (THE PHENOM) Jones will be the starting QB in 2015. Time to drink the KOOLADE. Jones to Thomas, Jones to Thomas, Jones to Thomas, Jones to, well, now you know.

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "

unholy bucknut's picture

I'm pumped for Sat. I hope old Diesel can go soon we could use him. I'm confident that Cal's offense spends over half the day on the sidelines. I look for us to pound the ball and run clock I bet a shiny new penny we have two 100yd rushers this weekend... just got a feeling.

omahabeef1337's picture

It would be great if we could win without Miller, because he could sit and rest for another week since Florida A&M is after Cal... but he better be ready to play vs Wisconsin.

WhySoSerious's picture

Damn Diesel, more Bosa im with it. Really waiting for him to record that 1st sack. Quick releases or not i think a few sacks are in the works for this game on D. Calling it Bigelow, will be held to under 70 yards.


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avail31678's picture

Didnt he put up a ton of yards against Northwestern?  I think he gets more than 70.  However if I am wrong, that's a GREAT way to be wrong, and I'll be right back on here to buy you a virtual beer. 

nm_buck's picture

I'd love to hear the scoop on Mitchell... wonder if they're getting ready to pull out the redshirt....

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

rickyu22's picture

How is it that Freshman can have a better grasp of the offense than 2 sophomores that had playing time last year? Lack of understanding or just lack of effort?  

tussey's picture

Here is my guess, the freshmen that they think can be impact players and game breakers they give them a few plays to learn and master.  I'm guessing it takes the form of freshmen getting a limited playbook, whereas second year players are expected to know the entire playbook. Example: Knowing the playbook was one of the things that hampered Rod (along with fumbles) earlier in his career, now look at him.  

pjtobin's picture

I am going out on a limb here but I think we see both Xbrax and Washington play many snaps against cal. My optimistic predictions. 

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biggy84's picture

Glad to see Linsley is back at full strength. RDS owes Cal some payback from last year. Go Bucks!

teddyballgame's picture

Doesn't sound like Braxton is going to have his legs for Saturday.  If that's the case, then we'll probably start Kenny and let his management style eat as much clock as possible to keep our D from getting worn down. 

vitaminB's picture

I disagree. We didn't have Braxton's legs for the first half of the Buffalo game.  (He had them, but chose not to run) I'm actually curious to see what he can do by staying in the pocket this week.  I think he might surprise us.

BUCKI06's picture

Does anyone know the rules about redshirting in college football?  My sister-in-law played bball at BGSU, and she always said that as long as they've played approximately 30% or less in games that a redshirt was still on the table.  I'm not sure if the same rule applies to college football or not.
I don't think it does, but thought someone might know for sure.

"As long as we're keeping score, we're gonna try to win this thing." - UFM

OldColumbusTown's picture

The 30% or less rule applies only to a medical redshirt, I believe.  Therefore, willingly playing someone in any game automatically burns their redshirt possibility if no injury is involved.
Jordan Hall played in less than 30% of the games last season, but was injured - that is why he received a medical redshirt.

Enzo's picture

Sounds to me based on the player comments about Braxton looking normal that Urban is just giving Cal something more to think about. IMO Braxton starts Saturday and has his first great game of the season. Really hope I'm right about this one.

buckeyepastor's picture

I think Guiton will get the start with Miller coming in only if Guiton plays poorly which, first start in a night game on the road, is possible for anyone.   Keeping Braxton on the sidelines on Saturday and then out of practice resting it completely all of next week while Guiton goes against FAMU is the best we coiuld ask for.   Miller could spend some extra time in the film room looking at Wisky and NW.  
As for not having Washington on the d-line, by the end of the night on Saturday that could turn out to be a bigger story than whether or not Miller can go.   I have confidence in Bosa, but we'll need as much talent and depth as possible on Saturday and we'll miss his disruptive presence in the pass rush.  

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

Buckeye1004's picture

I honestly don't care who starts.  I just want to see us dominate!  Go BUCKEYES!
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ejoceans's picture

I tried to tell you all on Sunday that this is a bigger deal then everyone is putting on.  I absolutely think Urbs should sit BM just to make sure he doesn't further injure his leg for some Cal or A&M game.  We will surely need him in big ten play so just let him sit and watch this one maybe two games and get better. %100 not %80 or %90 people! %100! O H

Lets do this Brutus