MINNEAPOLIS — Ohio State will be without starting center Harry Miller when the Buckeyes open the season tonight against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The junior is among a number of Ohio State players who did not make the trip to Minneapolis.
Miller appeared on OSU’s availability report today as unavailable. The program is not stating why Miller is out but players generally appear on the list due to injury, or in recent times, COVID.
Miller started at left guard for the Buckeyes last year and had transitioned to center where he won the job over redshirt freshman Luke Wypler. Wypler now is the presumed starter, though fourth-year junior Matt Jones could also be a possibility.
Wypler was the No. 2 center in the 2020 class. Jones was the No. 1 center in the 2018 recruiting class.
Fourth-year junior cornerback Cameron Brown is also listed as unavailable. Brown missed the bulk of last season with an Achilles injury last year, but was seemingly full-go during fall camp.
Brown was expected to contend for one of the starting cornerback jobs opposite senior Sevyn Banks. With Brown out against the Gophers, the Buckeyes could turn to any number of possibilities, including redshirt freshmen Lejond Cavazos or Ryan Watts. Sixth-year senior Demario McCall is also a possibility.
Redshirt freshman tight end Joe Royer is also unavailable. This could mean more time for redshirt freshman Gee Scott when the Buckeyes want to get a third tight end involved.
Here is the full list of Buckeyes who will not be playing against Minnesota.
§ WR Kamryn Babb
§ CB Cameron Brown
§ DT Jerron Cage
§ SAF Jantzen Dunn
§ DE Tyler Friday
§ OL Jakob James
§ BUL Jaylen Johnson
§ LB Mitchell Melton
§ OL Harry Miller
§ TE Joe Royer
§ OL Toby Wilson