Late in the 3rd quarter of last Saturday's game against Purdue, Braxton Miller went down with what looked to be a serious injury. Eventually, he was taken to a local hospital and tested negative for concussion symptoms. With him out of the lineup, in came backup quarterback Kenny Guiton. In a clutch moment, the redshirt junior quarterback engineered the most dramatic comeback of the season and led the Buckeyes to a 29-22 overtime victory that kept an undefeated season alive.
But, who is Kenny Guiton? As mentioned, Guiton is a redshirt junior quarterback for the Buckeyes. Originally from Houston, Texas he was a three star recruit according to Rivals.com and committed very late in the 2009 class. During his time at Ohio State, he's mainly served as a backup. For the last two seasons, he was the third string quarterback for Terrelle Pryor and Joe Bauserman in 2010 and Braxton Miller and Bauserman in 2011.
After Urban Meyer was hired, it seemed that Guiton's attitude changed. Meyer pointed out that Guiton "was close to getting a one way bus ticket back to Texas", Now as the backup quarterback for Miller, Guiton has been called upon this season in several games to fill in for Miller when he's gone out due to injury. Prior to the Purdue game, he had a touchdown pass against Indiana. But after a comeback in which he went 6 for 11 for 77 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter and overtime, this is certainly the most memorable accomplishment he has in his Ohio State career.
After the game, Meyer called Guiton, "a special guy" and emphasized that the players look to him as a coach as well. Miller should start on Saturday at Penn State, but don't be surprised if Guiton is called upon at some point in the game.
Ohio State takes on Penn State at 5:30 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.