COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State said quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season after re-injuring his throwing shoulder.
Miller, a two-time Big Ten player of the year, left practice in pain Monday after making a throw.
Ohio State said Tuesday Miller will require surgery.
It’s a huge blow to the nation’s No. 5 team, which already has several major holes to fill on offense.
The senior and three-year starter partially tore the labrum in his right shoulder in a loss to Clemson at the Orange Bowl.
He had surgery, did not face contact in spring practice and was held out of several practices this month due to soreness.
Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is Miller’s top backup and will likely be the starter in the Aug. 30 opener against Navy in Baltimore.
Golson: Notre Dame rally
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Quarterback Everett Golson said Notre Dame football players are rallying around the loss of four teammates while the university investigates whether they were involved in academic dishonesty.
Golson said he found out a year ago when he was suspended for academic impropriety who is true friends were.
He said adversity brings a “true brotherhood.”
Linebacker Jaylon Smith echoed that sentiment, saying the Irish is family.
Most of the other members of the 17th-ranked Fighting Irish who spoke during Tuesday’s media day wouldn’t comment about how the team was reacting to the losses of starting cornerback KeiVarae Russell, leading returning receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive end Ishaq Williams and backup linebacker Kendall Moore, saying it was a team issue.
School officials said they don’t know how long the investigation will take.
Oregon State WR to DE
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Having struggled at wide receiver his entire college career, Obum Gwacham is switching to defensive end for his senior year at Oregon State.
He jokes that maybe his biggest catch is ahead of him — in the form of an interception.
Defensive line coach Joe Seumalo planted the idea of coming over to the defense last season, Gwacham said. Following Oregon State’s victory over Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl, he started seriously considering the possibility for his last year.
Gwacham always had an uneven career at receiver. Over three seasons plagued by injury and inconsistency, he’d had just 11 catches for 65 yards and a touchdown, although he also played on special teams.
A quick learner, Gwacham is making strides with the defense, in a group competing for the spot opposite DE Dylan Wynn.