Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer has a problem. He has two very good quarterbacks who both deserve playing time. It is a good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless.
He knows that backup quarterback Kenny Guiton deserves playing time, too. The question Meyer faces is how to get him that playing time.
The Buckeyes have been cautious with starting quarterback Braxton Miller because of a left knee injury that sidelined him for nearly three weeks. Miller even admitted that his knee flared up a bit in the Buckeyes’ game against the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, which caused him to be a little tentative and not play up to his potential. A good time to put Guiton in would be anytime they notice Miller playing like this. It could be a good indication that his knee is bothering him again, or it could just be a nice boost for their offense by replacing a struggling Miller.
Meyer was close to replacing Miller with Guiton on Saturday; he even had him warming up on the sideline. In the end he stuck with Miller, though he didn’t play like himself the whole game.
Meyer said the Buckeyes have so much admiration for Guiton that they’d like to get him some playing time. He added that it’s comforting to know he has two very good quarterbacks he can depend on. Evidently, Meyer and the other Ohio State coaches are trying to work out how they can fit Guiton into their game plan. He said it has been difficult to figure out what game situations would be better for which quarterback.
Meyer and his coaching staff will have plenty of time to figure out what they are going to do to get Guiton some playing time since they have a bye week this week. They will play the Iowa Hawkeyes in Columbus on Oct. 19, and there is a good chance that we could see Guiton taking some snaps. It will be good to see him play again. He and Miller could create a whole new offense for the Buckeyes.