By Matt McCoy
The good news is that in Ohio State's second scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday, Braxton Miller was able to participate...something he did not do a week ago.
Now for the bad news. The senior, who had shoulder surgery last winter after being injured in the Orange Bowl loss to Clemson, is still limited in his work in training camp as he battles through shoulder soreness.
"I'm concerned about everything," Buckeye coach Urban Meyer said. "I trust that he'll be ready (for the opener at Navy) but I'd like to run the first team out there (in practice) and go and we're not able to do that right now."
By no means is it all doom and gloom surrounding Miller's shoulder. There's nothing structurally wrong but because of the surgery, Miller was not able to build up his arm strength in the off season and so he's dealing with a tired arm when he takes too many practice reps.
While the arm soreness is far from ideal, Meyer said it was anticipated and the Buckeye QB is still "on schedule."
"I've known Braxton for three years and it's almost like looking at your son," Meyer said. "You can see in his face if he's concerned and he's not. I trust he'll be ready."
Buckeye Bumps And Bruises
The Buckeyes just finished their most difficult week of camp and Meyer is pleased with what he saw.
"I like our players," Meyer said. "There's been no issues as far as any within the team issues or alignment issues. It's actually been very positive in that regard."
But the Buckeye coach does have some typical training camp concern. A growing list of players have missed time because of various bumps and bruises.
"We're going through the camp blues," Meyer said. "It's a hard time right now. It's the dog days or whatever you call it, the hard knocks and that's what's going on right now. The good thing is we've had minimal (serious) injuries but the negative is that there's no consistency because of nagging injuries."
Two Stand Out
Meyer singled out a pair of Buckeyes for being the most improved players in camp. senior offensive lineman Darryl Baldwin who has won the left tackle job, as well as junior defensive tackle Tommy Schutt.
"Tommy Schutt is our most improved player at Ohio State right now," Meyer said. "He's done a really, really good job...along with Darryl Baldwin. They were non-factors a year ago and now they're going to be deep into the mix offensively and defensively."
Meyer also praised the improvement of back-up quarterback J.T. Barrett who he says has taken a slight lead over Cardale Jones in the battle for the number two QB spot.
To listen to all of Coach Meyer's training camp update click here:
Ice Buckeye Challenge
I posted the Instagram video Friday of Urban Meyer, wife Shelley and the Buckeye seniors taking part in the ALS Ice Buckeye Challenge. If you haven't seen it, Ohio State released a short video of the event. Pretty cool stuff (pun intended)...check it out.