Ohio State's quarterback battle just got a lot more interesting, as 247Sports is reporting that Braxton Miller has been cleared to throw as of Monday, with no restrictions on his shoulder. Miller had been limited in his ability to throw as part of the rehabilitation process from his surgically repaired shoulder. Miller re-injured the shoulder last August in a non-contact drill, and missed the entire season.
Even though J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones filled in more than admirably for Miller in his absence, a healthy Miller should still be a force to be reckoned with in the Ohio State quarterback battle, and an asset for the offense. Miller is a two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year and two-time All Big Ten First Team, and his open field scrambling ability and raw speed is nearly without peer on the team.
Everybody, from Urban Meyer to Gene Smith, expects Braxton Miller to return to Ohio State and compete for the starting job. No matter what happens, a healthy Miller is a huge asset for Ohio State, and excellent news for everybody.
★★★UPDATE 2:14 p.m.: Ohio State issued a statement on the matter:
Braxton Miller continues to work through the progressions of his rehabilitation and he continues to prepare for the start of the season.— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) June 12, 2015