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So who's Ohio State's next starting quarterback?

Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:58 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

With the wholly unsurprising but still consequential news that Terrelle Pryor is leaving Ohio State, there's now a rather large, quarterback-shaped hole in Ohio State's starting lineup. Finding a replacement QB isn't exactly a new challenge for the Buckeyes -- Pryor was suspended for the first five games of 2011 anyway -- but the dynamic shifts somewhat now that Pryor won't be coming to the rescue in Week 6. It's one thing to be a five-week placeholder; it's another to be a true No. 1 quarterback.

With that in mind, here's a look at Ohio State's new quarterback situation. 

Joe Bauserman, Sr.

PROS: Joe Bauserman is the most seasoned of the Ohio State quarterbacks now, and as always, that means he's old. Bauserman is 26, in fact, having pursued a baseball career after high school instead of enrolling in college. And being that Bauserman's 26, he's further along physically than his teammates are. From a foot-speed standpoint, he's not the most athletic of the quarterbacks, but he's experienced, has good footwork in the pocket, has the football IQ to look off defenders, and has the arm to make plenty of throws.

CONS: Bauserman has never distinguished himself as a passer during his time at OSU, and his 4-11, 42-yard performance in the spring game did little to quell concerns that he's actually just mediocre. Obviously, he'll do better than a 36% completion rate and 3.8 yards per attempt over the course of the 2011 season -- he went 16-22 for 174 yards in 2010, after all -- but as pure upside goes, Bauserman might be last on this list. Fortunately for Bauserman, OSU needs a quarterback right now, not in five years. 

Braxton Miller, Fr.

PROS: If Bauserman's ineffective at any point, Ohio State will probably go next to Braxton Miller, a tantalizing true freshman prospect who was rated the top quarterback in last year's crop of recruits by Tom Lemming. Miller has a frame more like Troy Smith than Terrelle Pryor, but that's fine, because Smith did win a Heisman, after all. More importantly, Miller's athleticism has drawn many more comparisons to Pryor.

Miller enrolled early at OSU in order to start getting acclimated to the offense; that's welcome news for the Buckeyes, because if Bauserman struggles early on, the Columbus faithful will probably be clamoring to see Miller under center. You can't balme them, either; Miller is electric in the open field, and he's already a competent passer.

CONS: Miller is still just a true freshman, though, so either the coaches will have to substantially dial back the offense for Miller, or he'll likely struggle too. He's probably a year away from really getting up to speed, but that's a luxury Ohio State doesn't have right now. Starting and struggling in 2011 may do wonders for Miller's on-field maturation process, but that doesn't make him the best option in 2011.

Kenny Guiton, So.

PROS: If it's athleticism that interim head coach Luke Fickell wants and Miller's experience remains an issue, however, OSU could also turn to Kenny Guiton. Guiton is a dual-threat QB with speed to burn. He's got all the intangibles a coach could want in a quarterback, and he has performed pretty well in spring game situations thus far. With Terrelle Pryor leading the team, that hasn't led to much playing time for Guiton -- just mopup duty behind Bauserman last year, in fact -- but that's probably about to change.

CONS: Guiton is in his third year with the program, and generally by Year 3, there's a pretty good sense of what a quarterback's going to be capable of. For Guiton, the passing acuity doesn't appear to be where it needs to be yet. His experience may make him a better option than Miller on Day 1, as the mobile QBs go, but that's a gap that'll move substantially in Miller's favor over the course of that freshman season.

Taylor Graham, RFr.

PROS: If quarterbacking were a matter of just looking the part, the OSU job would be Taylor Graham's to lose; Graham has the frame of an NFL quarterback, tall and strong. He's got the arm to match, too, with the ability to make just about any throw in the Buckeye playbook. He's even got the pedigree to succeed: his father is Kent Graham, a former Ohio State and NFL quarterback.

CONS: What Graham doesn't have is experience; he's just a redshirt freshman, and he spent a significant portion of his high school career on the sidelines, injured. The concern here isn't the injuries themselves, but the amount of time and repetitions they've cost him already. Combine that with the fact that Graham is only in his second year in Columbus, and he's going to have to blow coaches away with his passing if he wants to shoot up the depth chart. There hasn't been any indication that that's going on yet. The potential for rapid growth is there, though. 


Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:44 am

So who's Ohio State's next starting quarterback?

Losing someone with the talent of Terrelle Pryor will a difficult void to fill; however, one thing that OSU has traditionally been good at is modifying their scheme around the talent that they have.  The young quarterbacks currently enrolled all have interesting skill sets and in the right scheme, could flourish.  Plus, OSU has usually been very conservative in their offensive approach, something that might be the order of things should Bauserman get the starting nod.  There are plenty of running backs that have potential.  A consistent performance on the field by these men will at least help to curb the effects of the certain penalties from the NCAA.  Many programs have been nearly ruined by probation, so the main goal will be to maintain some of the success on  the field during these difficult times, and then hopefully, refurbish a tainted tradition. 

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: June 8, 2011 1:40 pm

So who's Ohio State's next starting quarterback?

Whoever has the fewest tattoos.

Since: Apr 10, 2010
Posted on: June 8, 2011 11:03 am

So who's Ohio State's next starting quarterback?

T.G. is ahead of K.G. on the depth chart has been since spring ball. miller and graham will battle for the job and probally split time till one wins it. guiton transfers and bauserman is your backup if both fail watch out for graham while all watch miller.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: June 8, 2011 10:51 am

So who's Ohio State's next starting quarterback?

Not one of them have the speed or the ability Denard Robinson  has from Michigan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2011 7:47 am

So who's Ohio State's next starting quarterback?

It's an interesting situation.  Miller is clearly the star of the future.  It would be smart to turn the team over to him, let him get his "learning" year behind him, and then star as a sophomore.  But Fickell has the chance of a lifetime and must win now.  Is Miller ready to step up and win 10 games as a freshman?  I dunno.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 1:19 am

So who's Ohio State's next starting quarterback?

The buckeyes may lose to which ever mac team they play, if they start Bauserman.  It's either guiton or Miller. 

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2011 12:42 am

So who's Ohio State's next starting quarterback?

Luke Fickell knows his choice will get a chance to keep this job full time. You have no choice but to pick the kid Miller, yes their is going to be some growing pain but you are coaching for a job.  This does put Fickell in a an ackward situation. Go Luck Fickell.

Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 12:17 am

So who's Ohio State's next starting quarterback?

Joe Bauserman is a phucting joke!! ITS MILLER TIME!

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2011 12:00 am

So who's Ohio State's next starting quarterback?

@vikingbob19....this is a college football page, not baseball...the title is Eye On College Football

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:31 pm

So who's Ohio State's next starting quarterback?

Since this is on the baseball site, I'm gonna say Mark Prior.  Keep it on the college football site  stupid.

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