Senior quarterback Kenny Guiton didn’t just take the reins for Ohio State on Saturday.
He ran with them.
Subbing in for the injured Braxton Miller—who is trying to battle back from a sprained medial collateral ligament, per ESPNU—Guiton went 21-of-32 for 276 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 92 yards in Ohio State’s 52-34 victory over Cal.
When Miller returns to action, you can bet Guiton will still receive playing time after that performance.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said after the game, via Kyle Bonagura of ESPN.com:
I think Guiton will be in the game a little bit when Miller returns. Guiton has been throwing the ball better than he has and throwing the ball downfield, so that’s something I’ll need to think about.
Guiton, who came into the game on Saturday with 25 career passes at Ohio State, ultimately made it count when it mattered most for the Buckeyes. He not only deserves playing time moving forward, but Meyer would also be foolish not to utilize the dual-threat.
Guiton also serves another purpose: He can be subbed in and out of games to keep Miller fresh.
Last season’s Heisman candidate should obviously still be used most of the time when he returns, but if Meyer and Co. can get away with easing his workload, it will only benefit the junior and the team. The fewer carries for Miller, the less of a chance he gets injured.
After all, the dual-threat was the victim of a brutal gang tackle by San Diego State in Week 2. On…