The Real Kenny G

I’m not going to write a game recap of last night’s train wreck.  We all watched it and know the play-by-plays.  The main thing that jumped out to me was our obvious decline after Braxton Miller went down with what appeared to be a mild ankle sprain/twist.  For a university that always brags about reloading, never rebuilding, we certainly showed that without our number one guy, we were nothing.  Not only that, but Joe Bauserman has shown that he has no ability to hit a pass over 15 yards.  This is not due to a lack of arm strength, but because he has the vision and touch of Sloth from Goonies.  His passes this year have ended up on the opposing bench, first row of the bleachers, and one last night nearly hit a cheerleader.  I’m no math wiz, but if #1 is hurt and #2 is in way over his head in Big Ten football, then it would seem like #3 (a mobile, talented athlete) should possibly leap frog Old Man River and be our solid backup this year and next.  There have been, and will be, many hurtful things said about Joe Bauserman, which I will not continue…at least starting now.  He is a good person, a smart kid  grown man, and someone that could finish his senior year by mentoring the younger guys…just not someone who can lead the offense on the field.

This brings us to our current #3 on the roster, the real Kenny G, Ken Guiton.  Kenny is a third year sophomore from Houston, Texas who measures up at 6’2″ and 195 lbs.  He has clearly bulked up since his freshman year, in which you could not have convinced me that he weighed over 150 lbs soaking wet.  Guiton was a three star recruit coming out of high school and is listed as a dual threat quarterback.  His ability to bring the ball down and run is there, but he is comfortable staying in the pocket and making the plays through the air as well.  Unlike JB, who tends to fold and flop into the defensive line after his first read fails, Kenny G looks like a natural running a spread offense, making his reads, and pulling the ball to take off through the defense.  This clip below shows Ken’s first TD as a Buckeye, against Eastern Michigan, where he was able to make the correct read and get into the endzone for six.  One other thing that you’ll notice is his swagger.  The coaches have reported a few times that when he runs the scout team in preparation for the first team defense’s challenge on Saturdays, he is not afraid to talk to them and let them know when he’s won the battle.  Swagger and confidence is something that is definitely lacking in our current backup QB.  I’m not saying that Kenny G should pass up Braxton Miller on the depth chart, as he proved last night that he is a phenomenal freshman talent, but at least give him a CHANCE now to step in when/if Miller needs a break.   

Find me on Twitter @AJBorland and let me know your thoughts on @tharealkennyg becoming OSU’s #2 guy…

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