The Definition of "Guiton-ish"

By Tim Shoemaker on August 24, 2014 at 6:00a
J.T. Barrett is expected to lead Ohio State this season.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer used a certain word to describe J.T. Barrett on Wednesday, one not many people outside of the Buckeyes' locker room had heard before.

“He’s kind of Guiton-ish," Meyer said. "He’s a very calm, cool, collect guy and he has very good leadership skills. That’s a term we use around here now, Guiton-ish."

It was a compliment comparing Barrett to Kenny Guiton, the former Ohio State quarterback who spent his entire career backing up Terrelle Pryor and Braxton Miller but became one of the most beloved Buckeyes in recent memory despite only making two career starts and appearing in 21 games in his career.

When Miller went down last year, Guiton stepped in nicely in two starts and his seven appearances. He threw for 749 yards and 14 touchdowns, while throwing just two picks on the season.

Whenever Guiton came into the game, Ohio State fans did not worry.

Guiton was not the athlete Miller is, but not many are. What he was, however, was a distributor of the football who almost always made the right decision and a true leader of a football team.

Meyer and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff and players see a lot of the same qualities in Barrett, who will likely start his first ever collegiate game Saturday when the Buckeyes take on Navy in Baltimore.

“Some of the best quarterbacks are great distributors," Meyer said. I watch Peyton Manning play and I’m in awe with the way he distributes the ball around."

"I thought Kenny Guiton was one of the best I’ve been around as far as getting the ball out rather quickly and distributing to playmakers and letting them make plays. That’s what my initial evaluation of J.T. is that he’s very good at that.”– Urban Meyer

So good, in fact, that Ohio State assistant athletic director for football sports performance Mickey Marotti has given Barrett the nickname of 'The Distributor.'

“Just smart decisions, makes the hard throws, makes the easy throws, controls the offense, controls the huddle," cornerback Doran Grant said of Barrett. "You can tell, even when we’re speeding it up, he has everything controlled, everybody’s getting set and it’s go time.”

In addition to his distribution of the football, Ohio State players and coaches have raved about Barrett's leadership ability. Even Barrett's high school coach said he was a great leader.

Last year as a true freshman, Barrett was the only player in his class on Ohio State's leadership committee.

“It’s the leadership qualities that he shows every day," Grant said. "He was on our leadership committee as a true freshman last year and he was the only one. I don’t know if anybody knew that, but he just has those natural leadership abilities.”

Like Barrett, Guiton had leadership capabilities, too. He was named a team captain in 2013 as the back-up quarterback. Guiton's performance on the field spoke for itself, though. Barrett has yet to take a snap in a game for Ohio State.

Will Barrett become the type of player Guiton was for the Buckeyes? Who really knows. It's impossible to tell at this point. One thing is clear, however: The Buckeyes are fully confident in their new quarterback.

“He’s just controlling everything, pointing out things, being very verbal and talking," Grant said. "He’s controlling everybody and if a veteran might mess up a route he’ll go talk to him and be like ‘Hey, go do this or go do that,’ just like he’s been in there. That’s what we need to see from him and that’s what he’s been doing.”


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DannyBeane's picture

Our team is in good hands.

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hit_the_couch's picture

With Allstate?

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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AndyVance's picture

This is going to be a great season.

Summer's heat and winter's cold, the seasons pass, the years will roll... Time and change, my friends. Time and change.

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

How firm thy friendship... oh.. hi.. oh!!

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Bags5150's picture

I was there that day and it gives me chills everytime I hear it!  It was below zero that day!

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth~Mike Tyson

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tGW's picture

Thank you.

"Have a nice trip...Michaelllll."

THE's picture

Exactly what we all want to hear. 

I have a feeling we're going to light it up this year. Guys that were unknowns outside of Buckeye Nation are going to put up numbers. 

In the words of Bart Scott, "CANT WAIT."  

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sac3073's picture

Guiton-ish or Just give him time he will be just as good as … …


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ibuck's picture

Watching Troy in that video seems to show better accuracy with his passes (than we've seen since), but also much better receivers.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

buckeyedude's picture

This may be the quarterback we've been waiting for to get the ball to all of the 4* and 5* talent that Urbz has been recruiting. I have a feeling the Hater's that have been writing Ohio State's season off may have been a little premature. Less than a week now, boys!



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Jugdish's picture

I don't know that I would call them haters but more of being skeptic, and really who wouldn't be. I think all of our hearts sunk with the news of Braxton being out for the year. The Bucks must rely on each other more than ever now and, as you pointed out, the talent is there. I have a great deal of faith in J.T. just as you do. It is going to be fun this year.

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tGW's picture


"Have a nice trip...Michaelllll."

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osu407's picture

Between Barrett, Wilson, Marshall, and Elliot this year offensively will sink or swim based on the 2013 recruiting class. I'm excited to see what they can do. 

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

El Quatro

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

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MN Buckeye's picture

Which, as Chris Farley might have said, means, 'The Quatro'.

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Hovenaut's picture

I was (I've become lazy with age/spell check) a voracious reader back in the day, loved to pick up new words.

I like the new addition to the football/OSU/11W lexicon.

Six days.

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stcburn's picture

Let's get this party started! Hope the week flies by.

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BartGK's picture

When I think about Guiton I always wonder why Joe Bauserman played? We'll find out on Saturday if we'll have good year or not. Will we get Joe or Kenny play? Will JT progress every week like MSU's QB did last year? We have a testy pre big season. Navy, Va Tech, UC are better than a lot of Big Ten teams. They'll pressure JT to see what he's got and try to force youthful mistakes. In six days we'll know...


I_Run_The_Dave's picture

I remember thinking the same thing, he had a good spring game in 2011. But I guess he didn't practice well and wasn't motivated much before Urban Meyer came.

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el duderino's picture

I also think that, for better or worse, Fickell was following in Tressel's footsteps in 2011, which meant giving seniors an automatic edge over underclassmen. Thus, Fifth Year Senior Bauserman's margin for error was probably measurably larger than Redshirt Sophomore Guiton's (and True Freshman Miller's, for that matter).

"This is a very complicated case: a lot of ins, lot of outs, lot of what-have-yous."

ibuck's picture

Remember that Bauserman didn't have coaching as good as Guiton or current Buckeye QB's are getting, and he was probably doing as instructed when he threw the ball out of bounds. GIGO. 

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

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armybucknut's picture

I can't wait, my stomach did flips when I read about Braxton, then I watched highlights of Barrett and alas New hope! The timer is counting down my friends, let's get it Bucks!

"Illegitimi non carborundum"

droessl's picture

And thank goodness we have coaches who realize it shouldn't take 8 seconds to set up a bubble screen.  

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RUNTOWIN's picture

I hope all the talking points coming out of camp are accurate and not just talking points. If true, and the OL has become solidified, this Offense has a chance to be even tougher to slow down than last year. 

If they are just talking points and/or the OL hasn't come together, VaTech and UC could get their biggest road wins n a long time. For UC, biggest ever. 

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Squirrel Master's picture

I do love all the distributor talk and I know Barrett will pass the ball very well, but I think people are sorely underestimating his running skills.

Braxton was the elite runner. He was Jamaal Charles on the field with the ball in his hand. Big (6'2'' 220) but ran with quick agile moves. Barrett (6'1'' 220) is like a power back. Think about it, he is the size of a big running back. He runs hard going forward. JT is a different runner but he is really good. Look again at the spring game. He had a few breakaways by running like a knife through butter.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

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ibuck's picture

Barrett (6'1'' 220) is like a power back. Think about it, he is the size of a big running back. He runs hard going forward.

With so little QB experience at OSU, I'm hoping that JT slides a lot rather than trying to barrel through defenders. There are too many QB parts (hands, fingers, shoulders, legs, head)  that, when injured, can severely reduce the Buckeye passing attack. And if OSU can't pass effectively, we could see 8—or more—in the box constantly, and that means running would be tough sledding too.

I'd be happy to see JT slide, and survive to play another down.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

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Squirrel Master's picture

Well I'm not saying he should take a bunch of hard hits and keep going like a power back, I'm more saying he is the size of a big running back and DBs won't easily be able to tackle him.

I agree that a QB needs to learn how to slide, but there is a difference between a stout and powerful runner like JT and a guy who uses more agile moves like Braxton. If you watch JT run, he is a very strong runner that will run fast but with quick moves still going north/south. I don't see JT running all over the field, just forward. He might get tackled and maybe some hard hits but I think he will be able to take them.

All I am saying is JT is no slouch running the football. He is really good at it too. He might not be at the level Brax is at, but I bet he will put up a couple 100 yard rushing games. He just gets so much acceleration going N/S so fast, he will get by those DL/LB and then its up to a safety to take him out. At 6'1'' 220, safeties won't be able to do it that easily.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Dmac3212's picture

Finally we agree! I was about to post that his running skills were highly underrated, and much better than Guitan. He has the ability to break off chunk yardage. If JT can make the right reads we will be all set. My biggest concern for JT, like any other freshman, is staring down his number 1, and not being able to effectively go to his 2nd/3rd reads. 

Buckeye BadDog's picture

Remember when the NE Patriots lost their starting QB to an injury 13 years ago and had to rely on an untested, inexperienced 6th round draft pick (and from TTUN to boot)? Do you think the Patriots are disappointed at how things turned out? I have a feeling we are not looking at just a backup stepping in for a seasoned veteran, I think we are witnessing the changing of the guard and the beginning of a new era.

And how long did it take you to remember the Patriots old starting QB's name?

Just sayin'

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whiskeyjuice's picture

New season, New RB's, New WR's, New LB's, New DB's, New QB's, New OL, New South stands, New tunnels, New locker room............CAN'T WAIT!!!

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

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ChazBuckeye's picture

I'm telling ya all, only smooth jazz players come from TX to play QB for OSU.

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ek68's picture

I expect JT to be a game manager and not a game changer. I believe JT will experience ups and downs (normal) but will get better with each game. Go Bucks!!




CuseGirl's picture

I'm hoping that over time, Barrett as the starter becomes addition by subtraction. I want him to be a mobile passer, not a runner who sometimes completes passes.

And you know!

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Sicily of the 614's picture

If he can truly play like Kenny G than our offense shouldn't lose a step. That's the best news I've heard in a while!

Nobody panic

What Would Troy Smith Do's picture

Am I the only one that thinks putting that term on him might actually be more pressure than just filling Braxton's spot?  You know the reverence with which Guiton is held.

Gunship_Buckeye's picture

This (Brax's injury) could be a blessing in disguise.  Gotta think of it that way.  JT Barrett very well may emerge to be that next Freshman standout and take us to the "Show".  Go Bucks, 6 days.... wow.......


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Txsbuckeye's picture

In "The Distributer" we trust. It would be nice to find a shirt that says that. Go Bucks

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

Even before Brax went down, Urban said that we will start relying more on short passing and distribution due to the departure of Hyde. This plays right into that hand.


Frimmel's picture

From all the talk it seems like we have a QB with good legs instead of a tailback with a good arm in JT4. Should be fun to watch.

kdogg72's picture

I honestly don't know what to expect with Jt. The good news is we are less than a week away from finding out!

ScarletGray43157's picture

All of this sounds very good.  If it is accurate then it is good news.  We can be certain that opponents will show as much in the way of confusing looks as possible knowing that this is an inexperienced QB at the college level.  We will soon know how all of this plays out.  

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