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Ohio State Buckeyes Have Next Tim Tebow and Chris Leak Duo in Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton
Back in the 2006 college football season, current Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer led the Florida Gators to a National Championship over the Buckeyes utilizing a dual-quarterback system with Chris Leak and freshman Tim Tebow. Fast forward to seven years later, and Meyer may have the same opportunity with Buckeyes quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton.
While nobody in Columbus wants to utter the phrase quarterback controversy—the fact that Guiton has played very well in relief of the injured Miller has not gone unnoticed. While Miller is certainly the better pure athlete and creator of his own plays on offense, Guiton has looked the part of the better passer and option quarterback in his limited time this season.
With Miller still ailing, Guiton will likely get another start against 57-point underdog Florida A&M this week in yet another tune-up game for the Buckeyes. However, the big question is who will be under center the next two weeks, as the Buckeyes get ready for two primetime games against Wisconsin and Northwestern.
The obvious answer to the question is Miller, after all there is a reason he finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting last season and came in as one of the favorite to win the award this year. Miller is an electrifying player who brings a dimension to the Ohio State offense that very few teams in the country could even hope for. With that said, this doesn’t mean you can just forget about the job that Guiton has done during his senior season.
Albeit against the likes of San Diego State and California, Guiton has gashed defenses through the air and on the ground. He has had long touchdown runs and record-setting touchdown passes in his two games played this year, and the senior captain has looked every bit the part of a championship-caliber starting quarterback during the season.
With two very talented quarterbacks capable of running the Buckeyes offense, we should all be asking—why not use them both?
Meyer rode this philosophy to a 41-14 stomping of the Buckeyes in the National Championship, as Tebow was the rushing, bulldozing yin to Leak’s 2,950 passing yards yang. Leak attacked offenses through the air for 23 touchdowns, while Tebow pounded them on the ground for eight touchdowns and jump-passed them for another five. Albeit Leak was never at the Heisman level that Miller has been in his career, but he was a very accomplished passer during his time at Florida.
This writer is not saying to take the ball out of Miller’s hands by any means, but when you have a hot hand dominating defenses the way that Guiton is, you cannot just throw him back on the bench, never to be heard from again.
Obviously this decision will be up to Meyer, who certainly has all the experience in the world in this situation. We as fans should just be happy with two dynamic, athletic quarterbacks ready to lead the Buckeyes to victory on any given day.
But if it were up to this writer, Guiton and Miller would be utilized in some sort of Leak and Tebow role from 2007. Because history has already proven it can work, and another National Championship victory would be pretty nice to celebrate at the end of the season.
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