A quarterback controversy in Columbus? Probably not, but backup quarterback Kenny Guiton certainly turned heads filling in for Braxton Miller in Saturday’s win against San Diego State.
Guiton, a senior from Houston, Texas, threw for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Aztecs, and also lead the team in rushing with 82 yards and a touchdown. This after starter and Heisman hopeful Braxton Miller went down with a knee injury in the 1st quarter. Ohio State still won 42-7, all without their standout quarterback. Buckeye fans must have let out a collective gasp when they saw their offensive star clutching his knee. After Guiton’s performance, they have probably rested a little easier.
The play of Guiton serves as a testimony to the amount of depth Ohio State has on both sides of the ball. The fourth ranked team in the nation has actually had the injury bug this season, including losing two corners for the season. However, they have cruised through the first two games of the season. Granted, their competition has not been very strong and they haven’t played a conference game yet, but the Buckeyes still look just as solid on both sides of the ball. Guiton is just one of multiple players who have gotten a chance to start because of injuries and have performed well.
With Braxton Miller’s status is in question for Saturday’s game against California, Guiton might get more playing time. As a graduating senior, this attention may be vital to Guiton if he wants to try to play professional football. So far, Braxton Miller’s backup has gone above and beyond expectations.