Quotebook: San Diego State

By Kyle Rowland on September 8, 2013 at 9:00a
No Braxton, no problem.

When Braxton Miller crumpled to the ground on Saturday, there weren’t many people that remained calm in Ohio Stadium. There was someone, though, that was unwavering.

Kenny Guiton threw a few practice throws before entering the game. Over the next four quarters, he completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. And, oh by the way, he also led the team in rushing with 83 yards, including a 44-yard scoring run.

It was the Guiton people have come to expect. He preserved an undefeated season a year ago. Saturday could have been one win in a national championship season that Guiton was responsible for.

“I actually wasn’t that nervous,” he said. “I prepared all week like a starter. I tried to make sure the whole offense and the whole team sees that I’m comfortable.”

“The old right hander steps in again and does a nice job,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “He’s too slow, not a strong enough arm, but all he does is lead, manage and distribute and has an incredible knowledge of the game. He also incredible leadership skills where players respond.”

Earlier in the week, San Diego State head coach Rocky Long said Braxton Miller was the Heisman front-runner. After the Buckeyes’ 42-7 win Saturday, Long was trying to figure out how Meyer decides which quarterback to play.

“He’s as good of a backup quarterback as there is in the country,” Long said. “I don’t know how they decide which one starts to be honest with you. I think both of them are very good players. When one goes down, I don’t think they lose anything.”

It’s no accident that Guiton is a captain on this year’s team. He’s vocal and has a presence that oozes poise. That combined with his level of play means the offense runs similarly whether it’s him or Miller that’s in the game.

“I just do my best to let my voice be heard and impact this team in a positive way,” Guiton said. “I take pride in the fact the offense almost doesn’t skip a beat when I come into the game. I just do my best to be a leader in that way. I let the team know everything is going to be OK.”

Following the game, Meyer and Guiton both said they believe Miller will be ready to go at Cal. Meyer even said he could have played against San Diego State, if needed.

“We had a long discussion on the sideline,” Meyer said. “I think he could have [gone back in]. But things that make him dangerous are his wheels, and I don't think it would have been smart. So we all decided it was best not to.”

The Aztecs were a nine-win team a year ago and the program is coming off three straight bowl seasons. Many thought Saturday’s game would be one of Ohio State’s toughest of the season. If that was the case, it’s a good sign for the Buckeyes, because they completely dominated.

“Our defense played outstanding,” Meyer said. “I never expected what happened today.”

A big factor in the defense’s play was Michael Bennett. He clogged running lanes and camped out in the backfield to put both San Diego State quarterbacks under duress.

“He’s a difference maker right now,” Meyer said. “I can’t think of a guy playing better and leading better. He’s a perfect example of hard work because this time last year he was nonexistent. When he went in he was a liability. Now he goes in and he’s one of the leaders on our defense.”

Bradley Roby was back, playing both special teams and defense. He made an immediate impact, as the Aztecs did everything they could to throw away from him. It’s been a long offseason, but Roby didn’t argue with Meyer’s philosophy on suspending him.

“I understood,” Roby said. “I made the program look bad and I had to pay the consequences for that. Of course I hated not playing, but it was something I understood had to be done.

“You have to be smart with where you’re at and who you’re around. Perception is reality. Just because it isn’t what really happened, people say that and that’s what people believe, and that’s what people are going to judge you by. You have to be smart throughout, on and off the field.”

Miller wasn’t the only Buckeye injured on Saturday. Defensive end Adolphus Washington left after the first quarter.

“Adolphus has a groin injury,” Meyer said. “It will be day-to-day.”

Dontre Wilson has been one of the most hyped newcomers in the country this season. He showed flashes of his speed last week and finally scored his first career touchdown against San Diego State.

“When I saw the end zone I had to get there,” Wilson said. “I think about [fumbling last week] all the time. I wish I had that play back, but you have to move on and keep playing. I’m way faster than a lot of people. Now, I have to go out and prove it.”

It’s been a long time coming for linebacker Curtis Grant. But the first two games have given the appearance that he’s finally seizing the opportunity to be an impact defensive player for Ohio State. Still, he isn’t going to rest on it any time soon.

“I’m not comfortable at all,” Grant said. “Playing in this defense you can’t be comfortable. I want to get better. It comes along with playing alongside these guys. I have to be better.”

Some fans may have been skeptical of Guiton, even with the Purdue result. The team never skips a beat in the huddle, though.

“He is one of the leaders of our team,” wide receiver Philly Brown said. “Everyone on the team knows what we are getting when he comes into the game, a lot of confidence and a lot of swagger. When Kenny is out there, nobody is worried at all.”

San Diego State wide receiver Colin Lockett hinted that Ohio State’s performance may have been more impressive than many previously thought. The Buckeyes used a backup quarterback and, according to Lockett, didn’t look all that impressive.

“They’re a good football team, but they didn’t do anything spectacular. They lace up their cleats the same way we do, they just came ready to play and we didn’t. The scoreboard shows.”


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Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

I can't help but think Dontre Wilson is already the best weapon on this team.  He was playing Madden with the cheat codes on yesterday he looked so much faster than everyone else.

We have an embarrassment of riches at RB and there's only so many touches to go around between 5 great backs.  But if I'm Urban Meyer I think I make Carlos Hyde my primary RB and Dontre Wilson the change-of-pace back.  Jordan Hall, Rob Smith, and EZ-E could all start on most teams, but I think Hyde and Wilson are the two guys I want touching the ball every run down.  Those two are the two true game-changers.

Norwalk's picture

        edit: Rod Smith

buckeyedude's picture

Speaking of RobRod Smith, I personally thought he should have gotten to carry the rock a little more than he did. But it's all good. I saw EzE got in quite a bit.



captain obvious's picture

edit:Rod Jones

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

Toilrt Paper's picture

Dontre is WAY to talented to play ONLY tailback. Currently he is being used on specific plays in each game's game plan. Eventually he will learn ALL of the plays for four differents positions, starting in the slot. THE Harvin.

Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

I wonder if they're putting him at receiver because they have so many RBs rather than because he's great there.
Running the ball he was 5 runs 51 yards over 10 yards per cary which is insane!
Receiving he was 3 catches for a miserable 6 total yards.
It's a strange situation where Urban has 5 really good RBs but can only put one RB on the field at a time.  Meanwhile he can put 3 WRs on the field but only has 2 capable receivers on his roster in Philly and Smith.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I've been impressed by Curtis Grant. He's playing soundly within the structure of the defense - playing with good "leverage," making good reads, etc. As his confidence and awareness continue to rise, that will free him up to utilize his awesome physical gifts. By mid-season, I can see him turning into a beast out there.  

Gulfstreambuckeye's picture

Miller could miss several weeks.

Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust...but life goes on.

OSU069's picture

They just said they expect him to be back for the Cal game.....

buckeyedude's picture

Says who? This is the first I've heard that.



Gulfstreambuckeye's picture

If its an MCL sprain you dont come back from those in one week.

Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust...but life goes on.

AndyVance's picture

Coach Meyer, in his post-game presser, said he expected him to be back for the Cal game.

buckeyemondo's picture

if you watch when dr. kaeding is doing the sideline diagnostics on braxton, #5 winces pretty noticably.
i think braxton starts at cal, but has a very short leash.  b1g championship can't be put in jeopardy against a team that northwestern just handled fairly easily.

Toilrt Paper's picture

It was just a little booboo

Young_Turk's picture

If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would posit that the MCL is a smoke-screen and the real issue was a potential concussion from the helmet 3-way.  But, based on what Uban's saying, there's no way I make such an unfounded proclamation.  


Mirror Lake Jump's picture

I certainly hope not.

droessl's picture

Steve Miller had himself a nice game as well.  If the Buffalo game was slightly unimpressive, this one was a B1G step in the right direction. Putting up a 42-7 win with the backup playing nearly the entire game sends a strong message to the rest of the country. 
My only concerns coming out of the game are: Marcus Hall (Alex Boone 3.0?), and the fact that late in the game, both the O-Line and D-Line didn't seem to control the line of scrimmage nearly as well as they did in the first 3 quarters.  I know that some younger guys were getting reps, and the game was never in doubt, but I'd still like to not see much dropoff in this dept. 

Charlene's picture

Marcus and Christian had 40yds of penalties. They need to leave that in HS. Marcus is more like Shugarts.

BuckGuy003's picture

I love how intelligent Kenny G sounds when he speaks. Shows alot about the team to have educated kids out there representing the team. Most people might not care but I think it's a breath of fresh air

buckz4evr's picture

G's decision making is off the charts.  He makes very few mistakes in that area. 

will0327's picture

Yea i might be crazy but Dontre Wilson might win a Heisman before he leaves ...he is electric
 Its really wierd when the best player get injured fans turn on him so quick ...good lord if you read some of these other comments in post it would make sound like Braxton is a wimp ...geez people calm down.
Don't worry Braxton i havent forgot


Toilrt Paper's picture

He cant do that wearing a bulky knee brace.

zbd's picture

I feel like Braxton is injury prone much like Michael Vick.  He has amazing ability but his style of play is more risky than usual. I have great confidence in Kenny G to play anytime, anywhere.

will0327's picture

the kid has only been knocked out of 3 games in his career am i correct ? he got cracked and leg twisted up ...freak accident you get hurt ...he could have came back.
Also im pretty sure he was the offense last year ...give him a break ... 


Northbrook's picture

I'd like to have seen Cardale or JT the last two series.

J.Mo's picture

Yeah same here. If anything, let Cardale give the ball to Dunn...

OSU069's picture

I think JT is redshirting.

buckeyedude's picture

Meyer says, “He’s too slow, not a strong enough arm, but" .
I realize that Smooth JAZZ is not Braxton or Dontre Wilson, but when I saw him run for that TD, I was thinking that he is NOT slow. That was my favorite play of the game.
 I have to think he's just as fast as Craig Krenzel, whom I have great respect for, and helped bring OSU an NC.
Having said all that, I think it's absurd to talk about a QB controversy, where none exists. But I will also add that I think if Braxton keeps getting hurt, he can forget about winning a Heisman, but that isn't what's most important here.



AndyVance's picture

I listened to the press conference, and I think Meyer had engaged the sarcasm font when he said that Guiton was too slow and didn't have a strong enough arm... That said, your analogy with Krenzel is exactly what I think of when I think of Kenny G - a brilliant game manager who uses the talent between his ears to make up for any perceived shortcomings elsewhere in his game.

buckz4evr's picture

I'm sure this has been posted elsewhere in here, but the funny part of that interview was when initially Meyer thought Guidon's TD run was 60 yds.  When informed it was only 44 yds, Meyer looked shocked and replied that it must have taken him a long time to get there.  Urban's pressers are very entertaining at times.  He also mentioned in his presser that he has to stop picking on Guidon.

AndyVance's picture

Yes, I really got a kick out of the presser - much more entertaining than Senator Tressel's debriefings (and this coming from a guy who loves Jim Tressel).

BSTP DeCon's picture

Not only have we heard about having the best TE combo in the country, but I think we can now add the best QB tandem to that list. Just so impressed with how accurate Guiton continues to be.

MN Buckeye's picture

Speaking of the tight ends, I expected to see Heuermann and Vannett on the receiving end of more passes.

d5k's picture

I think their blocking and versatility has something to do with Urban's praise.  There's only so many plays in a game and we are still first and foremost a running team.
I do think attacking the middle of the field more is important particularly the deep middle on play action.  Hopefully we see that more against the better defenses that can slow down our running game with 8-9 man boxes.  Particularly when Hyde is back and we want to protect our inside run more.

Toilrt Paper's picture

Guiton is like a sponge, over the past five years he has ovsorbed everything that has come his way, naturally.

sir rickithda3rd's picture

very lucky to have a guy like guiton on the team... the whole team came to play in a big way yesterday. i dont know if osu is that good or sdsu is that bad. buffalo got rocked by baylor

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

Harold's picture

We will not go unbeaten with KG.  He is our back-up QB...and a damn serviceable one at that.  Braxton is the freak that makes us go.  The fact of the matter is that he does come out of games way too often for my taste.  This is a not a dog on him, just a fact that will need to change if he wants to win the NC and the Heisman.  My fingers are crossed that this most recent injury is NOT going to cost him a start.

Ahhh, the smell of Chris Spielman's Dirty Socks...

bhardy22132's picture

What shows you that we couldn't go unbeaten with kg? His smart decision making, pretty damn accurate passing, or the fact the if need be, he has the ability to take off and get the first down with his feet? Add Carlos Hyde when he comes back and the offense becomes even more deadly. Kg would do just fine if he had to take over permanently and there would still be a damn good shot we could stay unbeaten with him under center.

airbuckeye's picture

I for am not worried about Kenny G because we should be fine with him back there for now till BM gets back. What i worry about is rushing BM back before he ready and taking a chance of injury the MCL more so i say let him set if it is not 100% right now. We will be fine next week and the week after with Kenny G back there for those two games.

oh_dad55's picture

The success with Kenny coming in is a tribute to his skills and preparedness, but it also reminds us of the fact that football is a team sport.  This group is comprised of many great players who are all working together well as a team.  They'll win or lose as a team no matter who is under center.  (Except maybe Bauserman or Belisorry.)


pjtobin's picture

All in all the team played well. The d all swarmed to the ball. The offense all did their parts. A few mistakes. Way to many penalties. We got to see a bunch of guys get reps. Dontre is a stud! And Eze is a big kid. He will be great I think. Special teams gave up a few yards to many but nothing horrible. I put my money on TOSU to do the same to cal. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad.