Posted by Tom Fornelli
When Ohio State signed quarterback Braxton Miller on Wednesday as part of its newest recruiting class, many thought that Miller, a talented dual-threat like Terrelle Pryor, was coming to Columbus as the successor to Pryor down the road. That road may be a lot shorter than was originally planned. While we know that Terrelle Pryor will miss Ohio State's spring game as he recovers from foot surgery, we don't know how long he'll be suspended for the start of next season.
All we do know is that the Buckeyes will need somebody to play quarterback for a few games while Pryor is out, and according to quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano, that quarterback could be Miller.
"He's going to get a shot like everyone else will this spring," Siciliano told The Columbus Dispatch. "Because we don't have a guy cemented. He's got a special skill set that not everybody has."
Miller said he was in a similar situation when he entered high school, coming in his freshman season, putting in the work and being given the starting job. Of course, winning the job at high school isn't quite the same thing as winning the job at Ohio State. Especially when you consider that Pryor, nor any other freshman quarterback, has opened the season as the starting quarterback under Jim Tressel in Columbus.
Given that history, I'd say Joe Bauserman, Kenny Guiton or Taylor Graham have the edge in this battle. Though if Miller is impressive enough, who knows? Maybe Tressel will loosen the sweatervest a bit and give the kid a shot.