A Look At Big Ten Backup Quarterbacks
A look at the Big Ten's backup QBs
With Heisman hopeful Braxton Miller out for the Ohio State Buckeyes, people around the country were curious to see what coach Urban Meyer and his Ohio State Buckeyes could do against the Cal Golden Bears. Well, what they were capable of doing in Miller’s absence was essentially not miss a beat. Backup quarterback Kenny Guiton stepped in with a record-breaking performance as he tossed for seven touchdowns in his first and potentually only start as a college quarterback. The senior now has 593 passing yards as a Buckeye quarterback, and 449 of those yards came on Saturday.
Guiton's performance may have college coaches around the country scratching their heads wondering what the Buckeyes did to have two quarterbacks of such a high caliber. Guiton made a case for himself as a potential starting quarterback at any number of top college programs around the country with his performance on Saturday. Guiton is originally from Houston, Texas. The way things look this season, there is only one college quarterback starting in his home state that has outperformed Guiton so far, and that young man is the reigning Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M.
The Buckeyes may have the two best quarterbacks in the Big Ten on their team. Yes, Taylor Martinez is a fourth-year starter at Nebraska and has shown flashes of greatness at times as he has broken many records, but he has not had a game on the same level as Guiton did on Saturday this season. Devin Gardner is also a very polished quarterback poised to lead his Michigan Wolverines to a great season, but they nearly dropped their home game this weekend to the Akron Zips.
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Senior Taylor Martinez may be out for this week's game against South Dakota State University. If so, Tommy Armstrong will most likely get the start. However, Husker fans may also see Martinez's good friend, senior Ron Kellog III at quarterback.
Freshman Christian Hackenberg won the starting job for the Nittany Lions this year, but sophomore Ferguson competed very well for the job and will be ready if the Nittany Lions need his services.
The Hawkeyes had a three-man race for the starting quarterback job this year. Jake Rudock eventually won the job, leaving Cody Sokol and C. J. Beathard left to battle for the second-string position this year.
Curt Phillips is the Badgers' backup quarterback this season. The sixth-year senior has plenty of experience and maturity to back up sophomore starter Joel Stave.
Illinois starting quarterback Nathan Steelhause is having a phenomenal season thus far. If something were to go wrong, the offense would be in the capable hands of junior Reilly O'Toole.
Senior Rob Henry is the heart of the Boilermakers' offense. This senior leader is attempting to pass down as much knowledge as possible this season to talented freshman Austin Appleby.
Sophomore Nate Sudfeld is having a very productive year for the high-scoring Hoosier offense. Fellow sophomore Tre Roberson has shown his athletic ability on the field at times. He will continue to push Sudfeld throughout their time at Indiana.
Sophomore Phillip Nelson is the starting quarterback for the Golden Gophers this season, but Freshman Mitch Leidner is a very capable and exciting backup for Minnesota.
Trevor Seimian and Kain Colter have both seen time under center this season, and both are very capable of running the wildcat offense. Fans should expect to continue to see both quarterbacks taking snaps this season.
Shane Morris is backing up Devin Gardner for the Michigan Wolverines this year. Gardner is having an outstanding season and is one of the top quarterbacks in the Big Ten. Morris is not expected to see the field a lot this season but if he does, fans can expect to see a freshman who is excited and ready to play.
Both Andrew Maxwell and Connor Cook are capable quarterbacks for the Spartans. Cook seems to have the edge at this point, but Maxwell is more than capable of leading Michigan State's offense.