Urban Meyer: Braxton Miller Cleared to Play, Buckeyes Preparing For Crowd
Heisman hopeful and Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will be ready to go for the highly anticipated matchup between ninth-ranked Ohio State and Penn State on Saturday, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said Monday.
Miller left Saturday's game against Purdue following an awkward tackle and was taken to the hospital. Miller's future was in doubt for this coming weekend, but Meyer put that issue to rest for the time being.
"I have great confidence in this training staff. It's the best I've ever been around," Meyer said. "[Miller] made a comment to me that he'd never been hurt like that. I think it rattled him a little bit. Like it would anyone. His tests came back negative, but he has a really sore neck."
While Meyer has been to Beaver Stadium as a former member of the ESPN television team, he knows that an all-stadium WhiteOut will bring a unique setting.
"I understand from our coaches that [Beaver Stadium] is the loudest place in the conference," Meyer said. "We're hoping that the no-huddle offense will calm the crowd noise a little."
For some, Saturday's game has been the butt of jokes, as neither team is eligible for postseason play. Despite the NCAA sanctions which allowed the likes of Silas Redd and Justin Brown to transfer from Happy Valley without penalty, Meyer made sure his team understood that there was still plenty of talent on the field.
"This is still Penn State," Meyer said. "I know there's going to be some tough sanctions against them, but Penn State has great football players. There is no shortage of talent at Penn State; they're loaded up."