Ohio State fans across the nation this afternoon had potentially the biggest scare to their National Championship hopes and dreams. In the first quarter, star quarterback Braxton Miller went down with a left knee injury. There have been conflicting reports on Miller’s status, but it is looking like it was just an MCL sprain and not a tear, meaning that Braxton could even play next week in Berkeley, California against the Golden Bears.
Braxton, though, is not the focus of this article. Kenny Guiton, his backup, is. Guiton came in after Braxton’s injury and looked VERY sharp. Guiton went 19 of 28 passing for 152 yards and also added 83 rushing yards in this afternoon’s rout of the Aztecs from San Diego State.
This should come as no surprise, though, because Kenny Guiton has been pegged by some as the best backup quarterback in the nation. Although he is considered a solid backup to Braxton Miller now, he was no superstar recruit coming out of high school.
Guiton was a three star recruit and the 35th ranked quarterback in the class of 2009, according to Rivals.com. After a few seasons as Ohio State’s backup quarterback, he was ready to shine this afternoon.
At 6 foot 3 inches and 205 pounds, Kenny Guiton is no giant in the pocket, but he also isn’t too small to play the position. His height lets him see over the line and pick out his recievers. His weight lets him be mobile, allowing him to escape from the pocket and make big plays, as seen with his 83 rushing yards this afternoon.
Let this be said now, nobody hopes Braxton Miller’s injury is more serious than is expected, but if it is, the Buckeyes have a dang good replacement in Kenny Guiton.