Braxton Miller ran for more than 1,200 yards and passed for more than 2,000 last season, setting the Ohio State school record for most yards in a season, yet right now he may not be the most popular quarterback on his own team.
That honor belongs to Kenny Guiton, who has ripped opposing offenses for 641 yards and 12 touchdowns in the last three games while playing in place of Miller, who was injured early on against San Diego State.
Guiton’s newfound status and results are both a blessing and a curse for the Buckeyes. It is a blessing because they know the guy behind their star is capable of running their offense. And it’s a curse because it is just another outside distraction for a team already dealing with plenty of distractions.
However, this is a major blessing on the field because of that trust factor. It will allow Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Tom Herman to open up the offense and not be so careful with a returning Miller.
Instead of keeping him in the pocket or designing an offense that will only play to what they think he can do physically, Meyer and Herman can let the offense flow how it would, injury or not.
While Meyer may say that the offense won’t change regardless of who plays under center, the reality is that the personality of each quarterback is different.
Miller is more likely to scramble out of trouble and take chances with his arm and legs. Guiton has shown he can do both, but he’s more inclined to go…