Social Media is wonderful. I can get information on anything from riots to recipes to jokes to downright awful news. The latter was the Twittersphere on Monday evening.
With the reports from Tim May coming out of Columbus, all of Buckeye Nation turned their collective sights to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for a morsel, a snippet of information or confirmation that Senior starting QB and Heisman Trophy contender Braxton Miller had reinjured his shoulder and could be lost for the season.
With no official word on his status as of this writing, I personally trend towards a cautious approach. Miller was poised to bring unrivaled greatness back to the confines of the Horseshoe and was projected to not only be one of the frontrunners for the Heisman but was expected to lead his team into the inaugural College Football Playoff. Those chances are diminished now, but bear with me as I drop a bold prediction on you.
Ohio State, no matter if Braxton Miller ever takes another snap, will win the Big Ten Championship and will participate in the playoff.
“But Chris,” you’ll say, “who will lead us to the promised land if not the anointed one?”
That’s easy. Urban Meyer.
Harken back to the end of the 2013 campaign. Ohio State had just lost two in a row after a perfect regular season, in somewhat embarrassing fashion. Not many fans expected Miller to return for his Senior year. The Buckeyes seemed to be preparing to move on from the Braxton Miller era and embracing the Cardale Jones/J.T. Barrett regime.
It was then that the word “trust” was bandied about. Trust in Urban. Trust in the staff. Trust in the program. Trust in E+O=R.
So I ask of you, my fellow fans in fury, to trust. Just as all of you trusted at the end of last season, I ask you to do the same now. This exact situation is what we were all preparing for right up until Braxton announced that he was returning for his Senior season. The day when Urban would have to give the ball to another signal caller was always going to come.
Miller will have an MRI on his shoulder that should further clarify the picture and his status for the season. I only ask that you step back from the ledge until the official word comes down. We’ve seen this script before. Granted, Kenny Guiton is not suiting up on Saturdays any longer, and Barrett is an unproven commodity, but you still must trust.
If Braxton is out for the season, that likely ends his Ohio State career. We won’t know until the MRI results come back and Miller and Urban have had a chance to talk to some medical professionals. However, I still posit that this team, this particular team, can still be special even without number 5 under center.
All we have to do is trust.