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Comment 20 Aug 2014

It definitely works in Braxton's favor (and all of OSU) that he is going to get the best care available, both pre-op, during surgery, and during post-op rehab.  I have no doubt of that.  

However, his body has to do the healing.  Not everyone's connective tissue will hold up the same.  I hope he comes back full speed, as I definitely feel next year should be a better overall team than this year, but some realistic expectations are definitely in order.   


Comment 19 Aug 2014

1)  I am amazed at how many people think that JT (though I am optimistic he will serve the team well) who has just barely been able to unseat Jones for the back up role, is all of sudden going to become so good that we wouldn't welcome a healthy Braxton Miller back to lead the team next year.  He is one of 4-5 guys who is a legit heisman candidate (and has been for 3 years), he isn't just some average player. 

2)  As to the question of whether he will come back healthy, well that is a different story.  A labrum tear is not like an ACL, especially for a thrower.  They can't go in and make that stronger than it was, a la Adrian Peterson.  The joint will never be as stable.  The labrum doesn't regenerate, and it doesn't heal if you try to repair it.  So they will likely take out the torn part and hope for the best with rehab.  There are some techniques to try and improve stability, but success depends on the type of injury and though he may recover to play again, maybe even as a QB, the likelihood he comes back at the level he was before is very small, probably under 20%, definitely under 50%. 

That being said, I truly hope he beats the odds and I am ABSOLUTELY rooting for him, both for his sake and the sake or our team, because next year should be a much better squad all around than this one (which is about as "re-built" a team as you can get). 

However,  I think he might want to consider how he could be used as an "H" back, WR, or RB.  It might also offer him a possible entry to the NFL, which I don't see happening now at QB, ever.  

Comment 19 Aug 2014

I should add the caveat that I don't know the extent of his injury or if any other areas (rotator cuff, biceps tendon, etc) were injured. 

But just speculating based on available information, the fact he dislocated it without contact demonstrates a significant degree of instability, which makes me very pessimistic that he will be able to throw at full velocity again. 

Comment 21 Apr 2014

No one here really can know this, but I am also not one to pull out the "race card" on a frequent basis, but I do feel that the difference in treatment (by the media at least) had a lot to due with skin pigment. 

I, for one, will never understand how Manziel got off so easy particularly when one recalls how much OSU was raked over the coals just a few years earlier. 

Comment 23 Mar 2014

I think it is fairly obvious he has been looking for his exit from day one.  He, like Thomas before him, probably won't improve his stock much by another year. 

He is very replaceable, IMO, and OSU is clearly turning a new page.  Might as well start clean.  Could be rough year next season though. 

Comment 23 Mar 2014

Perhaps not quite to Diebler's level, but I was hoping for something similar as well.  He was one of the few players we have/had that actually showed some offensive acumen.  As well as the aforementioned passion. 

Comment 16 Feb 2014

If this team has any prayer of making noise in the post-season, Loving and ADV need to play more minutes and be productive in those minutes.  They appear to be our only hope of finding some offense this year.  None of our upper class players can reliably fill it up.  Even Q, who is a decent scorer has been very unreliable when needed most, especially at the line, and prone to turnovers. 

Comment 09 Feb 2014

My thoughts exactly.  It is tough to see high quality kids (both athletically and personally) leave.  This is a particular double whammy because it will likely mean his brother won't come.  

Was really looking forward to these brothers leave an indelible imprint on OSU sports. 

Prayers to the family. 

Comment 01 Feb 2014
Despite this teams numerous faults, which have been well documented on this site, just think how close this team still is to a very special season. One missed layup against MSU, blowing big leads at home against Iowa and Penn St, and an inexplicable turn around loss to Nebraska. This team could easily be right there for the conference championship. Success and failure are often a razor's edge apart.
Comment 29 Jan 2014
Ross just clearly isn't cut out to be that "go to" guy. He has some food skills but is weak on the dribble drive, inconsistent with shooting and generally has a rough time making a shot for himself. I don't think he has an NBA career in his future.
Comment 29 Jan 2014
This! I think most of the kids are giving solid effort, they are just being put in a no win situation right now. The line up that keeps losing these late games (Q, Smith, Craft, Scott, and Amir) is filled with guys that can't reliably score and gives serious match up problems on defense particularly against good athletes. We score more reliably with ADV and Loving on the court.
Comment 29 Jan 2014
I would echo what many others have said above. Love this site, my only source for OSU news and commonly the only website I visit during the day. You all do great work and keep it accessible. It says something that even during the brief time my brother was off writing elsewhere that I pretty much only visited here still. Thanks again to all the 11W staff!!
Comment 24 Jan 2014

Very good analysis.  I think your prognostication has a big time chance to be proved right, but we need a couple of other things to fall into place as well. 

1)  The LB unit has got to start becoming play makers.  We can't have a vacuum in the middle of the defense like we've had the past three years. 

2)  The expected rise of EzE and at least one play-maker on the outside. 

Comment 24 Jan 2014

Amir is critical, as is regaining some shooting touch from Smith and Thompson.  I don't think they need to be lighting it up, but if we could rely on them for 10-12 per night, and continue to play D the way we do, I think we could get it turned around.  The problem is there is little in the flow of this season so far to inspire confidence that they can consistently do that. 

Comment 20 Jan 2014

Belief has a ton to do with sports.  It is obvious to even rudimentary observation, that this team has lost ALL confidence and belief in themselves.  That is why I think a major line up shift is in order.