Urban Meyer once said that Braxton Miller is like a son to him. Having that kind of relationship with his veteran quarterback had to make the news of Miller’s season-ending injury last week feel like a punch to the gut.
But as his Buckeyes get ready to open the season Saturday against Navy, a feeling of confidence and optimism resonates from Meyer’s voice despite the loss of Miller.
“I can tell you this, I think we got a good team,” said Meyer in his first weekly press conference Monday. “I think we are ready, especially after (Monday’s) practice. And I liked how they responded after Braxton’s injury.”
With a lot of coaches, their words need to be taken with a grain of salt. Of course, they are going to support their players. Do we expect them to come out and say, “We have no chance now. These other guys just aren’t very good.”
No, but Meyer is a little different than most. He is honest. Brutally honest. When he arrived at OSU three years ago, he said he didn’t have five capable offensive linemen and he called the efforts of his receivers “a clown show.”
So, when Meyer hands out praise, it means something.
New quarterback J.T. Barrett is no Braxton Miller. But it is easy to get the feeling from Meyer that his redshirt freshman is more than capable of getting the job done in Miller’s place.
“He’s Guiton-ish,” said Meyer, referring to Kenny Guiton, the mega-backup quarterback Meyer had in his first two seasons with the Buckeyes. “He is a calm guy that had a really good practice (Monday), like a really good practice, and very business-like about his approach. He’s not someone you have to watch to see their demeanor because it is the same as it was two weeks ago (before Miller’s injury). We all know what is coming down the barrel at him, but he has handled it well.”
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