Will Braxton Miller be back at Ohio State in 2014?
Speculation over Miller's future will continue until enough time has passed to render a transfer impossible, and the quarterback battle will be the subject of queries until someone trots out there to take the first snap against Virginia Tech. Nothing Meyer can say or do from now until September will change that, but the OSU head coach still provided the same refrain in a meeting with reporters on Friday.
"I don’t know want to look like a clown if he all of the sudden makes a decision to do something, but he is playing for Ohio State next fall,” Meyer said.
Miller is still in the process of recovery from a labrum tear that cost him the entire 2014 season, but he's progressing through his rehab and is starting to increase is
“I think he is up to 35 yards," Meyer said. "They are monitoring it very closely. He is very aggressive up to 25 (yards) I would say right now. We can’t be out there watching, but our strength coach is out there and he has good zip on the ball. He’s working his tail off. He is in the best shape he has ever been in in his life. I don’t know if you have seen him but he is kind of tight, he has lost a little bit of weight, he’s real muscular. He’s done a great job."
Other updates from Meyer’s post-practice press conference are as follows:
– In regards to all the off-field support for his athletes, Meyer said he started to implement those things when he watched his daughters go through the college recruiting process for volleyball. He noted that getting a degree isn't enough anymore – the college experience needs to better generate opportunities in the workplace. "What really started it is when my oldest daughter started going on visits and they would talk about locker rooms, etc., and I didn’t care," Meyer said. "What I cared about is what are you going to do for my kid when it’s done? That’s when we started the real life applications. We started at Florida and we’ve taken it here and it’s really taken off here No. 1 because, first off the time and effort. Ryan Stamper has full-time devoted to it, and I’ve spent a good majority of my time in the spring making sure kids get shadowing opportunities and internships. Once a week we take time away from football and we spend it with real life application, real life Wednesdays this year.”
– With the job fair Friday night, Meyer said every player has a shirt and tie and the players have LinkedIn profiles.
– At the end of spring practice, Meyer met with each of his players and discussed their goals for life after football. “I had a meeting with our kids after spring ball and we didn’t talk football at all. We talked five-year plan, 10-year plan and how we are going to get there. After this job fair I am going to meet with each of them individually again and they are going to take notes form what they experience today.”
– Meyer won't be at the job fair today because his son has a regional baseball final, but he said the success or lack thereof from players at internships and the like can help him evaluate whether players are suited for leadership roles on the team. Joshua Perry, for instance, has been cited as a potential captain for 2015 and impressed the staff by securing a job offer at the end of an internship last summer. “Absolutely, I learn so much about our players, whether they will be captains, whether they will represent the Big Ten at media days, all of the above.”
– Meyer said the Ohio State brand has been helpful when it comes to getting companies to take notice of his players. He said he's not sure they'd have as many opportunities for the players were it not for the stature of the program and the location of the university. "Many guys said, 'Who doesn’t want to hire someone that knows about selflessness, being a part of a team, commitment, time management and more important solving issues in front of 30 million people on television playing Oregon?' Our guys go to work every day in front of 110,000 people. Everybody wants to hire those guys. Unfortunately I don’t think everybody has done a great job of getting those guys in front of corporate America, but we have. Here is our built in advantage: Corporate America is two miles away.”