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    Ohio State redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett has no small task this year, replacing two-time Big Ten MVP Braxton Miller at quarterback.

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    St. John’s Jesuit grad Jack Miller, right, will start at center when Michigan opens its new season Aug. 30.

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Ohio State redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett has no small task this year, replacing two-time Big Ten MVP Braxton Miller at quarterback.

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OSU faces ‘huge test’ 

COLUMBUS — A day after a bombshell diagnosis threatened to detour Ohio State’s national title hopes, coach Urban Meyer gave his team a resounding passing grade. “It’s hard to say that wasn’t maybe the best practice we’ve had since our staff has come to Ohio State,” he said after the first of two workouts Wednesday. READ MORE

 

 

 

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St. John’s Jesuit grad Jack Miller, right, will start at center when Michigan opens its new season Aug. 30.

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Maligned Michigan line seeks consistency

ANN ARBOR — The Michigan football team’s 2013 offensive line was, in a word, maligned. It struggled to open up the holes for their running backs, and there were times when as a unit, it allowed their starting quarterback to get clobbered. It didn’t help that the second half of the season became a constant shuffle of interior linemen.  READ MORE

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