Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/29/12

 

At his press conference this week, Urban Meyer made it very clear that this year's starting quarterback for The Ohio State University is Braxton Miller. Still, there are those who continue to pass around the idea of Meyer utilizing a two-quarterback system this year with the Buckeyes. Coach Meyer alluded to this in his press conference on August 12th when he talked about the progress that had been made by Guiton, stating that "if he's in our best 11 we'll have to find a way to get him on the field." That commend started the rumors flying about the possibility of two quarterbacks sharing the lead role in the Buckeye offense.

Urban Meyer is no stranger to the two-quarterback system. He's used it many times throughout his career. Most recently, he used the system at Florida where the situation would dictate whether the leader on the field would be Tebow or Leak. Leak came in when the situation leaned more toward the need for a pass, while Tebow would be on the field when a running option would be a better choice. It worked well for Florida, and it helped to develop both players into NFL level quarterbacks.

The problem with running the two-man system with the current Buckeye personnel is that there does not appear to be any clear advantage to using Guiton over Miller in passing situations. Unlike the Leak-Tebow relationship, Guiton hasn't shown that he has any special skills over Miller. Braxton Miller is by far the better runner/scrambler of the two, and his passing has improved to the point that one has to wonder if slipping Guiton into the mix is worth the confusion that can be caused by such a change.

While there was no direct reference to the two-quartback system in the press conference this week, Meyer's comments seemed to lean in another direction. Comparing Braxton Miller to Chris Leak, he commented on how both were good quarterbacks who initially lacked leadership skills. As Leak did through the course of his career, Miller is developing his leadership ability, and is also improving in the passing department. That points to a player poised to take over the Buckeye offense all by himself.

But if he should fail, Kenny Guiton is standing right behind him.

- jeff@buckeyes101.com

@buckeyes101jeff

 

 

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