The Ohio State Football community was rocked this week with the news that senior starting quarterback Braxton Miller would miss the entire 2014 college football season after suffering a shoulder injury during Monday’s practice. In his place now steps in redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett, who fans can only hope is as close of a replacement for Miller as Kenny Guiton was last season.
During the time that Miller missed in 2013 with a shoulder injury, Guiton was masterful in relief. In reality, Ohio State was blessed with basically having a big time college football starting quarterback backing up a Heisman hopeful.
Now while we don’t know what we’re going to see out of the young Barrett yet, head coach Urban Meyer did point out that there are some similarities between his new backup QB that is taking over for Miller and the old one.
“The best quarterbacks are great distributors … I thought Kenny Guiton was one of the best I have been around in terms of getting the ball out quickly to the playmakers and letting them make plays.” Meyer said. “My initial evaluation with JT is he is very good at that.”
He even took things a step further, referring to Barrett as “Guiton-ish.”
“This kid is kind of Guitonish, very calm, cool and collected … that’s a term we use here now, Guitonish,” he said with a smile.
Well we will see just how close Meyer is with his comparison when the Buckeyes take the field against Navy in less than two weeks for their opener.