Guiton Back On Track For Buckeyes

Reporters were surprised to hear Kenny Guiton spent some time in the doghouse of new Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer when the two first became acquainted in January, but the player found a way to make amends fairly quickly. Now he is full-speed ahead.

The smile is back on Kenny Guiton's face as he practices with the Ohio State football team this spring.

The junior from Houston Eisenhower has only thrown two passes in his career as a Buckeye – none last year – but built a reputation as one of the most popular players in the locker room for his easy-going demeanor. Thus it came as somewhat of a surprise when new head coach Urban Meyer told reporters he "wasn't a bit fan of Kenny Guiton" early in his tenure in Columbus. Meyer said in the next breath that Guiton had worked his way back into the coach's good graces, but the interest of reporters was peaked nonetheless.

Guiton had no problem explaining his side of the story March 30, the first time he spoke to reporters since last season.

"I had to grow on Coach Meyer because when he first got here I guess I wasn't really into it anymore," Guiton said. "I got down on myself and I had to get upbeat to life, I guess. I had to get through it. I had a great winter. It's all up hill now."

He acknowledged a lack of playing time even as senior Joe Bauserman struggled and freshman Braxton Miller suffered through the inconsistencies of a first-year starter led to some of his frustration, but Guiton said transferring never crossed his mind.

"It was just thinking about football and everything else, but it's OK," he said.

Meyer got his attention during winter workouts by pointing out when the quarterback was not giving the effort he expected in a drill or if the coach saw him with his dauber down in the team facility. That certainly caught Guiton's attention.

"After I got called out a few times I just had to catch up and do the things I knew I could do and show him I could do it," Guiton said. "It's a great feeling to know he was probably not big on me but after a while he was like, ‘OK, this kid Kenny Guiton can probably be somebody that can do something.' It's a great feeling."

After surviving a set of grueling offseason winter workouts with his teammates, Guiton is happy to spend this spring learning the new spread offense Meyer and offensive coordinator Tom Herman are installing.

Herman appreciates what he has seen so far from the eldest scholarship quarterback on the roster.

"Kenny has played better than I thought he would," said after the Buckeyes' third practice of the spring. "He kind of hit the same third day wall that Braxton has hit in terms of being mentally overloaded maybe, but he has really showed some strides in January and the offseason work.

"Maybe the biggest thing is, ‘Can he function and throw the football and run this offense?' Kenny is a real sharp kid so what he may be deficient in athletically a little bit compared to the guy ahead of him, he makes up for in being really sharp and understanding what we're trying to do."

Guiton wore a smile that indicated he is ready to keep proving himself as the month rolls on.

"I go out on the field ready to go now," the quarterback said. "It's a fresh start. Now keep it going."

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