Data Scout Notes: **2014: (+) 08-18-14 Shoulder INJ, Out for 2014/DS #3 Sr QB, #8 Draft Eligible-#113/1000 Overall, Projected Rounds 3-4..PWCamp/PMaxwell/POBrien/PUnitas/PPTW/DS#3PSTeamProspect-DBrugler...(+) Coming off Spring 2014 Throwing Shoulder Surgery...2013: OPOYC/QBOYC/1stC/1stM...Coming off 09-07-13 Knee INJ...PWCamp/POBrien/PMaxwell/DS#4PSTeamProspect-DBrugler/TSX-PMVP&PTW/PManning...2012: QBOYC/2ndC/1stM/ManningFinalist/O'BrienFinalist...POBrien/Pmaxwell
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03/26/15 - Ohio State's compliance office is investigating whether quarterback Braxton Miller broke any NCAA rules when he posed for a picture on social media with health-care and nutritional products. Miller was pictured on Instagram on Tuesday night with products from AdvoCare. Miller is a graduate student who started three seasons for the Buckeyes but missed all of the Buckeyes' championship season last year after shoulder surgery. He is expected to play this fall after rehabbing through spring workouts. Student-athletes are permitted to hold jobs outside of school but they cannot use their status with a college team to sell products. - AP Sports
03/25/15 - Ohio State 'looking into' possible Braxton Miller endorsement violation...An Ohio State spokesperson says the school is "aware" of a deleted Braxton Miller Instagram post that showed the Buckeyes senior quarterback with a collection of AdvoCare nutrition products -- and more importantly, appeared to endorse the multi-level marketing brand. Per Land-Grant Holy Land, the Instagram handle mentioned in the caption to Miller's post belongs to trainer Brandon Oshodin of the company Authentik Fitness (who would later re-post Miller's image). Oshodin appears to be a distributor of AdvoCare products. AdvoCare makes it clear it does not approve of NCAA athletes promoting the product (even if no doubt would be happy to have them use them).
So what's the potential fallout from Miller's misstep? Not much, most likely, unless Oshodin or another AdvoCare party has paid Miller handsomely for the privilege of the above photo, in which case the violation may be of the "secondary" variety. An apology, repayment of any minor impermissible benefits and promise to keep any future mentions of AdvoCare off his social media accounts may potentially resolve the case. But as Ohio State knows better than most, delving into the murky world of the NCAA rulebook can sometimes offer some surprises. Stay tuned. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
03/13/15 - J.T. Barrett would be 'shocked' by Braxton Miller transfer...Braxton Miller isn't opening up about his future just yet. But if his teammate and fellow quarterback competitor J.T. Barrett is correct, that future won't include a 2015 season spent anywhere other than Ohio State. "I'm not Braxton, but being that I do talk to him every day, I think that would be something me and you both [would] be shocked if he was to leave," he told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer Thursday, following a Buckeyes spring practice. "I think it's ridiculous honestly." Following Barrett's breakout season and Cardale Jones' season-ending star turn, Miller has been rumored to be considering a transfer, possibly to Florida State. But there have been no public indications such a decision is imminent, no serious reports of unhappiness on Miller's part. The fifth-year senior has taken his expected limited reps in the early part of Ohio State's spring camp as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
"Some of the things talking about Braxton leaving Ohio State, I think that's really silly," Barrett said. Both Barrett and Jones described the competition between the three as friendly to the Associated Press. "We always competed with each other," Jones said. "It's not like, 'Oh, Braxton's going to start, or J.T.'s going to start, let me just chill and not prepare like a starter or compete with them.' We always push each other." That said, hearing that Miller is happy from his teammates is different from hearing it from Miller himself -- and unlike Jones and Barrett, Miller declined to speak to reporters Thursday, either the AP's or the Plain-Dealer's. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
03/11/15 - Miller joins other Ohio State QBs for practice...National champion Ohio State kicked off spring practice Tuesday with three high-profile starting quarterbacks taking the field. Fifth-year senior quarterback Braxton Miller, J.T Barrett and Cardale Jones each participated in various drills. Miller did most of his work on the sideline, tossing the ball 10 to 15 yards, with other injured players. Miller sat out the Buckeyes' 2014 title season with a shoulder injury. Coach Urban Meyer said the most important thing for Miller is to get healthy. And the OSU staff will be watching Miller very carefully. Miller was one of the leading Heisman Trophy candidates last season before injuring his shoulder. Barrett stepped in and finished fifth in the Heisman race. Many people believed that either Miller or Barrett would transfer in the offseason.
Others believe that maybe quarterback won't be Miller's primary position this season. Asked if Miller potentially could play another position, Meyer shot down the idea. "No," Meyer said. "All of our conversations are about health of the athlete. I just want to see him get healthy. To sit there and start saying how about safety or cornerback or H-back or receiver, no, we haven't had that conversation." During Tuesday's practice, Barrett threw a little more than Miller. But he too was limited as he recovers from a broken ankle suffered in the Michigan game. Jones, Ohio State's postseason hero who led the Buckeyes to victories against Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game, Alabama in a national semifinal and Oregon in the championship game, took the bulk of reps Tuesday. - The Sports Xchange
01/25/15 - Miller hints at Ohio State return...Quarterback Braxton Miller of Ohio State, considered a Heisman Trophy candidate before he missed the 2014 season because of right shoulder injury sustained in August, might return to the Buckeyes after all. Miller is a senior and can transfer without having to sit out a year, and has been speculation that he might be heading to Florida State, Oregon or LSU. However, when Ohio State celebrated its national championship with a rally at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, Miller sounded like he wasn't going anywhere. "Privilege and honor to be part of this team," Miller told the fans. "Guess what, we've got another year to do it. So go Bucks." Miller would have to beat out Cardale Jones, who took the Buckeyes to the national championship after injuries sidelined Miller and J.T. Barrett. - The Sports Xchange