Guiton Looking Forward To Senior Day, Future

Ohio State fifth-year senior Kenny Guiton has had an interesting career as a college football player, and while it is not yet over, he is looking forward to what is next in his future.

Plenty of key contributors will be honored Saturday on Senior Day when they suit up for the Ohio State football team for the final time at Ohio Stadium.

From walk-ons to star standouts, each senior will get the opportunity to run out of the tunnel and head the cheers of the crowd one last time. Which one will get the loudest ovation will be determined, but don't be surprised if it's a backup that gets the most cheers.

Of course, Kenny Guiton isn't a typical reserve. The quarterback has become one of the most popular Buckeyes among coaches, teammates and fans.

"It's going to be a touchy day," Guiton said. "Some tears may come out, but I'm hoping not. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Guiton's Ohio State story is familiar to most fans by now. A late addition to OSU's 2009 recruiting class from Houston Eisenhower as a three-start prospect and the No. 53 quarterback in the class, Guiton did not make a big splash in Columbus until last fall when he led a dramatic comeback against Purdue that helped the Buckeyes continue an unbeaten season.

Then this season Guiton played well – even earning a national player of the week honor and two Big Ten player of the week nods – when Braxton Miller was sidelined because of a minor injury.

When asked on Monday what his best moment as a Buckeye has been to date, Guiton had plenty of things to choose from.

"No. 1 is that Purdue game last year, just coming in and helping save a 12-0 season," Guiton said. "I don't think I did it on my own or anything, but just keeping that 12-0 alive. That was big for our seniors then, and that was my first piece of some real action. That was really cool to do.

"But I can't (sell short) this season because I never saw myself getting a national player of the week (award) after I knew I wasn't going to be a starter. That was crazy, too."

Time will tell how many more snaps Guiton will play during the last handful of games of the season. After that, however, Guiton has his future planned out. While not shutting the door on a potential professional football career, Guiton knows that the man Urban Meyer has called the "old right-hander" will likely become "Coach Guiton."

"I have told the coaches I want to do the coaching thing," Guiton said.

As a graduate assistant at Ohio State?

"That's the plan. Yes sir. I hope so," said Guiton, who added he needs to raise his grade-point average by 0.1 to qualify to do so.

Guiton has been praised by Ohio State coaches for two years now for his ability to make the most of "mental reps," going through the motions of a practice rep behind the starter – essentially shadowing Miller and the first team offense.

He has also been doing his best to learn from his coaches, taking tidbits from what he sees that he might us in his next career.

"Just seeing coaches daily, seeing how they act – all of them – and seeing how they treat their players," Guiton said. "It does mold you to see how you want to be as a coach."

The coaching career will have to wait, though. Guiton's time as an Ohio State football player is not over. In fact, he said he is looking especially forward to Saturday because of who will be in the crowd in the Horseshoe.

"One thing I'm happy about is my family is coming up and they'll get to see that," Guiton said. "I came all the way out here from Texas, and my family doesn't get to make (many games). So them being here and seeing that, that'll be so cool.

"I can't wait for that."


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