Michigan State Coaches, Players Say That They Feel ‘Sad’ About Ohio State Losing Braxton Miller To Injury

The news of Braxton Miller having to miss the entire 2014 season with a shoulder injury surely brought a saddening feeling to Ohio State fans. The Buckeyes, a preseason top-five team, were national championship contenders with Miller, a senior and Heisman contender. Without him? That’s to be determined. 

The devastating news apparently resulted in a mournful mindset for Michigan State coaches and players, too, which is surprising considering the Spartans became the clear-cut Big Ten favorite once Miller went down. Losing a key player is something Mark Dantonio and his players are familiar with, though. 

“I felt bad,” Dantonio told the Lansing State Journal. “Braxton Miller is a great football player. He is a senior, has meant a lot to their football team. He is a great leader, a great young man. You don’t want something like that to happen. It’s a tough deal.

“But I would say this — we played without Max Bullough in the Rose Bowl (because of a suspension). Usually when those things happen, people rise up. Everybody becomes a little bit better. What was a negative becomes a strength later.”

Michigan State senior safety Kurtis Drummond had a similar reaction. 

“Aw, I mean that’s sad,” Drummond said. “I never want to see any player get injured or have to miss games. For him to have to go through that, it’s definitely a sad time. I’m definitely praying for him and hopefully he has a speedy recovery.”

Michigan State had little trouble slowing down Miller last season. In the Big Ten Championship Game, the Spartans held the Ohio State quarterback to 101 yards passing and a 38 percent completion percentage. Miller did have 142 yards rushing. 

This season, Ohio State and Michigan State meet in East Lansing, Mich. on Nov. 8.

[College Football Talk]

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