Kenny Guiton has become a fan favorite with his play the last 2 weeks against San Diego State and California. In Guiton’s last performance against the Golden Bears, his first career start, the Senior threw for 276 yards and 4 TD, including a 90-yard TD to WR Devin Smith, the longest play from scrimmage in Ohio State history. Guiton also added 92 yards on the ground and looked great while making his reads on the option. Guiton was named the Walter Camp Player of the Week. When coming on in relief of Miller against San Diego State on September 7, Guiton threw for 152 yards, including 2 TD and an interception. Guiton also added 83 on the ground (led the team), including a 44-yard scamper for a score. Guiton’s numbers have Columbus rumbling about Kenny G potentially stealing some snaps from Braxton Miller, including the possible implementation of a dual-QB system.
Guiton’s gaudy numbers make this talk seem reasonable. However, emotion is clearly at the heart of these calls for Guiton to keep seeing the field, but when you take a step back, playing Guiton over Braxton Miller makes no sense. While Guiton has looked impressive on the stat sheet, it is worth noting the strength of San Diego State’s and California’s pass defenses; ranked 101th and 110th respectively. Guiton is also way less experienced. He has exactly one start under his belt and has been in Braxton Miller’s shadow taking snaps with the backups ever since Urban Meyer took over at Ohio State. When you analyze Guiton’s performance on the field, Guiton makes a great deal of mistakes. We have seen some really poorly thrown deep balls from Guiton, with the exception of the bomb to Devin Smith. But, it should be noted, Miller could have made those same throws with the amount of separation that the Ohio State’s wide receivers have been getting. Miller runs a better option game than Guiton as well and is more in sync with the flow of the offense. Guiton struggled at times and the offense sputtered when the pace slowed down, a problem not experienced with Braxton back in the shotgun. Miller has an advantage in every facet of the offensive game, whether it be physical or mental.
The severity Braxton Miller’s MCL sprain is not known and his status is a very fluid situation. The fact that he did not dress for the Cal game leads me to believe that the injury is more severe that what was initially reported. It is likely Buckeye fans will see a whole lot of Kenny Guiton against Florida A&M. To suggest that Guiton is a better fit for Ohio State’s offense is ludicrous. Buckeye fans should be praying that Miller is healthy in time for Big Ten play, because this team has a much lower ceiling with Guiton at the helm.