The football gods have once again decided to smile on Columbus, Ohio and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Head coach Urban Meyer may not have been able to add another National Championship or his first conference championship in the Big 10 this season but as it would seem the Buckeyes may have one of the most important position on their team filled for the 2014 football season. The position at question is the most important position on any football team and that is the man under center, the quarterback. The Buckeyes were a team that at one time was preparing to replace not one quarterback but two as standout backup quarterback from 2013 Kenny Guiton used up the last of his eligibility this season and their star quarterback Braxton Miller seemed likely to forgo his senior season and opt for the opportunity to play in the NFL.
The record setting signal caller has decided that another year under Coach Meyer may be beneficial to his potential NFL career. The junior had an outstanding season once he returned from an early season injury. Some around the country may have tried to make a story out of the success that Guiton had at quarterback in attempt to create a quarterback controversy when in all actuality one never existed and in fact the thought of one existing seems to be somewhat of a joke especially after seeing the season that Miller had. No credit should be taken away from the success that Guiton had in his time as a starter for the Buckeye football time, actually Guiton is currently rated No. 22 on the list of draft eligible quarterbacks by CBS sports. That places Guiton ahead of many great college quarterbacks. The only other Big 10 quarterback rated ahead of Guiton this season is actually Miller who has decided not to enter the draft. Guiton is rated ahead of Nebraska Cornhusker’s Taylor Martinez who broke many records in his time at one of college footballs most storied programs and Illinois Fighting Illini four-year starter Nathan Scheelhause. Actually, Guiton is rated one spot ahead of Heisman Trophy finalist from Northern Illinois Jordan Lynch.
The Buckeyes will need to find a replacement for Miller’s backup and finding one of Guiton’s caliber will be a near impossibility. But the Buckeyes will have their once in a lifetime quarterback, Miller, return for one final hurrah. Miller and Meyer together for one more year could mean big things in Columbus and the two main goals of the duo will be as lofty as they can get.
First of all, Miller got snubbed out of a Heisman invite in 2013. Miller was one of the top players at any position this season and had he played in the games he missed and had near the numbers that Guiton had he would have been a sure invite to the ceremony. Miller will be returning with every intention of laying his hands on that iconic Heisman trophy.
Second thing, the Buckeyes want is obvious and that is a championship trophy. Yes, they will be looking to avenge their loss to the Michigan State Spartans in the Big 10 championship game and obtain that trophy in 2014. But the trophy they will be chasing all year will be a National Championship trophy and with Miller returning the Buckeyes should be on a short list of preseason contenders for a National Championship.