Throwing a “Hail Mary”

Braxton Miller.

After Miller re-injured his throwing shoulder yesterday in practice, just a couple weeks out from the season opener against Navy, there was a collective gasp that could be heard in every corner of Buckeye Nation. Potentially a season-ending injury, some are already deflating into a puddle of disappointment before the team has rushed into the Horseshoe for the first time this Fall. Understandably so, people are concerned. They should be. Braxton Miller is already a Heisman candidate based on his past successes, but we should look no further than just one year ago to find comfort.

Does the name Kenny Guiton still cause a Buckeye fan to smile?

Yes, it was in Berkeley, California last season against the Cal Bears when Kenny Guiton had a sensational display of throwing prowess for the Scarlet & Gray. Was it expected? No. Did it happen? Yes. For so many years when Jim Tressel was the head coach of the Buckeyes, literally everybody knew what play he was going to call (ironically, it rhymes with “fun”), regardless of age. Tressel had a system and, well, it worked pretty damn well. But it was predictable. These days, with Urban Meyer as the head coach (and the issue of dealing with restrictive sanctions), Ohio State has had to deal with adversity and many, many surprises. Few things in life, despite precise preparation, go exactly as planned. It’s not whether something negative will happen, but whether or not you can turn that negative into a positive (like when defensive lineman are chasing you with the game on the line).

Recall Ohio State v. Wisconsin in Columbus, Ohio in 2011?

Braxton Miller was not expected to make that kind of throw or for that to become a broken play. But it did and he had to adjust under pressure. Yes, that same Braxton Miller may miss this season because of a re-injured shoulder. It is still a “TBD” situation at this moment. However, on that same note, there are a couple backup quarterbacks who are ready and yearning for that spotlight.

And usually unforeseen greatness comes from people and situations we rarely expect.

Just ask Braxton Miller.


Posted on August 19, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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