Braxton Miller Suffering from Flu Bug

By Kyle Rowland on December 31, 2013 at 9:38a
Missing: Braxton Miller.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The latest roadblock for Ohio State in what’s been an eventful trip to South Florida is Braxton Miller’s apparent bout with the flu. Miller was supposed to be available at interviews Tuesday morning but no-showed. Offensive coordinator Tom Herman said Miller stayed at the team hotel to hydrate and get fluids. He is expected to practice later this afternoon.

Head coach Urban Meyer confirmed Monday that several players came down with a 24-hour flu bug. A team spokesman said team doctors are taking precautions to avoid the spread of the illness, including quarantining some of the sick from the rest of the team. But the game must go on.

It won’t play for a national championship, but Ohio State is still winners of 24 of its past 25 games. The Buckeyes are back among the nation’s elite, and with Meyer and Herman leading the offense, records have been shattered as fans rejoiced. Goodbye to the days of low-scoring, white-knuckle affairs.

During the 2013 season, Miller, Carlos Hyde and a stout offensive line have led Ohio State to many yards, many touchdowns and much applause. On Friday night in the season finale – the Buckeyes’ first Orange Bowl in more than a generation – they’ll need perhaps their finest offensive effort of the season.

“With a couple days left, we really need to fine tune the game plan,” Herman said.

Ohio State

  • Jack Mewhort said Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley will be his toughest challenge of the season. Beasley has 12 sacks on the season. Mewhort said he’s been preparing for him since Dec. 8.
  • Following the loss to Michigan State, Corey Linsley said it took a week to get over loss. But now the Buckeyes are completely regrouped and ready to end the season on a high note. Philly Brown said it’s not hard to get motivated.
  • The OSU team that takes the field Friday will be angry and determined, according to Hyde.
  • “There’s no drama in our room. We’re all really good friends.” –Linsley on the offensive line. He said it’s a bittersweet to be preparing for his last game with so many friends.
  • Asked to name the offensive MVP, Brown said the offensive line. The team success is predicated on line's ability to overpower opponents.
  • On Hyde, Mewhort said he’s proud of the way he overcame his struggles and worked his way to being one of the top running backs in the country.
  • “It’s not in Marcus’ nature to stay down for long. He’s bounced back very well.” -Mewhort on Marcus Hall
  • Brown’s amazed at how far the offense has come since the first practice in the spring of 2011. He described the improvements as “crazy.”
  • The Ohio State offense was described as “fun” by Hyde. He said the offensive line is the key to all the success.
  • Hyde said he was encouraged by Clemson-Georgia game when Bulldog RB Todd Gurley ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Even though Braxton’s production dipped in Nov./Dec., Brown said he hasn’t noticed anything different. He said it’s still the same Braxton.


  • “We lost our last game, they lost their last game. So as competitors, you’re humbled to a certain degree.” –defensive coordinator Brent Venables
  • Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett is a fan of Braxton Miller, calling him “undervalued” as a passer.
  • The last time Clemson was at the Orange Bowl, it lost 70-33 to West Virginia. The Tigers say that is history and in the rearview mirror. Two years later, the defense is better and the team is seeking to make up for that poor performance.
  • “It’s going to take all 11 guys. Every time they drop back, you have to consider [Miller] taking off scrambling.” –linebacker Spencer Shuey
  • “Short of going to Pasadena, this is the next best opportunity we could have hoped for.” –Venables

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AndyVance's picture

Braxton has the flu? Dear sweet Baby Jesus, what did we collectively do in a former life to deserve this much Bowl Week punishment???

Doc's picture

Maybe he'll pull out a Jordanesque type of performance. Fingers crossed. 

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DannyBeane's picture

Somebody needs to get him some apple sauce.

Crimson's picture

I thought I read a post that said God is a Buckeye?!?

Barnsey69's picture

Dear, sweet baby 7lb 6oz plastic baby Jesus I have no #@&*ing clue, but make it stop!

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

SHAKENBAKE68's picture

I really hope this is the 24HR type of flu. This week is a roller coaster!!

There is no such thing as "friendly fire"..

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

What's next - water turning to blood and locust infestation?

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

TheShookster's picture

Most likely...any of you with children should hide your first born sons

He ain't even stretch doe!!

Chief B1G Dump's picture

This is getting crazy. We need to ship them a bunch of those chambers Anthony Gonzales sleeps in.

D-Day0043's picture

Holy shit! Shhhhhh!!! Never speak of this again...

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Well hot dang, I wondered what happened to him.
I saw him drinking at Bar Louie in the Arena District not too long ago...that seems to explain it.

MichaelJ721984's picture

And I thought Mondays sucked lol  I mean what else can ya do but laugh at this kinda shit...

Michigan sucks.

rekrul's picture

Out Work, Out Think, Out Play!!!

ITWASME's picture

Accidental downvote someone help me out

Urban Nation Army's picture


Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

brandonbauer87's picture

January 3rd, 2014. The Michael Braxton Miller flu game. 

FROMTHE18's picture

If only we had a respectable back up to come in relief if needed.

wyatt's picture

The football team goes to Miami and everybody gets sick? Maybe they should take their own food and cooks with them. Those Clemson tigers will try anything.

d gordon a's picture

Never fear   The best relief QB is in the fold

IBleedSandG's picture

Just get Braxton a pair of these and throw some cleats on the bottom.


Hovenaut's picture

Getting sick and tired of hearing our boys are sick and tired.

D-Day0043's picture

Coach Herman, let me help you "fine tune" the game plan. Give Hyde the damn ball 60 times if necessary!!! Don't run any predictable empty set quarterback draws on third and long. Don't take Hyde off the field on third down, or any situation for that matter. And for the love of God, give Hyde more than two carries if we have a lead going in to the fourth quarter, especially if he is averaging nearly seven yards a carry. 
Run the ball, control the clock, and keep that god awful defense off the field for as much of the game as possible.

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gunni070's picture

YES!!!!  You hit the nail on the head.


Blame the tourists. Seriously. One word of advice for any Buckeye fans coming down here from Ohio. Wash your hands constantly, especially if you go to Disney and touch doors, rails, etc. Florida gets all kinds of viruses and flu bugs because of all the people coming here from out of state/country.

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MichaelJ721984's picture

Interesting because every time I go to FL I only get drunk. I must be one of the lucky ones!

Michigan sucks.


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actionstanleyjackson's picture

What is next? Leprosy?

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

LeftCoastBuck's picture

The treatment for Leprosy is easier: Dapsone 100mg b.i.d.

"Have a Coke and a smile!.....along with $150 in UM football tickets"

chirobuck's picture

I hear Urban Meyer is sick as well and will not be coaching this week, Bollman is being flown in to serve as the interm head coach


^ best post ever ^

Bamabucknut's picture

Some thoughts.
-Kenny G. He can do it again.
-Buckeyes execute punishing run centric offense that denies the Clemson offense the ball and eats the clock...with an occasional pass play that punishes 8-9 in the box.
-significant playing time for those possible starters in the 2014 season.....starting January 3 rd.(time to start shaping those units now).

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Still. .. Any word on what the crap is with Spence.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Crimson's picture

You're absolutely right!  Spence has food poisoning and can't get off the toilet.  As opposed to Hoke, who can't get off the toilet but who is more likely to poison food than be poisoned by it!  Zing!

hit_the_couch's picture

HOw long does the flu last?
I have an elite immune system and don't get sick.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!