Urban Meyer: Braxton Miller named captain, surgery set for Tuesday

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer
Braxton Miller shoulder surgery.
Braxton Miller will undergo shoulder surgery on Tuesday. (USATSI)

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery to repair his torn labrum on Tuesday, Urban Meyer confirmed to the media.

Meyer said that Miller had texted the Buckeyes head coach from Florida, where Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation on the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.

Though Miller will miss the season opener against Navy, he will be one of the team captains for the 2014 season. Meyer told the media Monday that Miller was the high-vote getter in the player vote for captains.

"We voted captains, and Braxton Miller was the high vote-getter," Meyer said. "Jeff Heurman, Michael Bennett, Doran Grant -- which is a great success story, his turnaround -- and Curtis Grant, which here is a guy that, once again, that's one of the great things about what we do for a living is to see young people grow up, and boy, has Curtis Grant done a nice job."

Ohio State and Navy will kick off at Noon ET on CBS Sports Network. The Buckeyes are expected to start redshirt freshman T.J. Barrett in Miller's place as the defense will try to shut down prolific Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds (1,346 rushing yards, 31 rushing touchdowns in 2013).

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