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Patrick Maks

11W Staff

Columbus, Ohio

Member since 21 May 2014 | Blog

I'm the Ohio State football beat writer for Eleven Warriors. Cover some basketball, too. I like stories that look at the bigger picture and think you should aim to write the truth, good and bad. You can send story tips/compliments/hate mail/suggestions at [email protected]

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Comment 17 Aug 2014

Disagree. The story here is your starting QB isn't taking reps with 14 days before the season opener. That's bizarre, and potentially real cause for concern.

The timeline is bizarre, too. We start in late July with Urban declaring Braxton is "in the best shape of his life" and "100 percent" ready to go at Big Ten Media Days. A week later, when it was clear Miller wasn't throwing the ball much, it turned into "we're just easing him in, he's fine, it's part of the plan" (paraphrasing). Last Sunday, it was "if the game was tomorrow, we'd be very cautious with him." Yesterday, it was "he's still limited, we hope/we think he'll be ready. But we can't run our first-team offense like we want to." 

My point is the talking points changed from "he's completely fine, he's in the best shape of his life" to "we hope/we think/we're confident he'll be fine by the opener." Those are two really different things. It's clearly a matter that's out of Urban's control, and you can hear the frustration in his voice. I believe Urban when he says he thinks Braxton will be ready because of course he does. But to definitively say he's completely fine and there's nothing (even every-so-slightly) wrong here is misleading.