Guiton Gets To Take His Shot At NFL

Kenny Guiton finished his career with some impressive numbers in limited duty, and now he'll get the chance to continue his career in the pro ranks after having been granted a tryout with the Buffalo Bills. BSB spoke to Guiton about his upcoming opportunity.

Say there's a quarterback available who posted the following accomplishments in college:

  • During his senior season, he threw for 14 touchdown passes against just two interceptions, doing so in just 109 attempts.
  • He threw the longest touchdown pass in his school's history, a 90-yarder, on the first drive of his first-ever start.
  • He set a school record for touchdown passes in a game with six – and did it in just one half of play in his second start.
  • He also piloted one of the most stunning comebacks in his school's history, directing a game-tying seven-play, 61-yard TD drive in 44 seconds with no timeouts – capping the drive with a TD pass with three seconds remaining and a throwback two-point conversion toss.

Seems like a guy worth taking a flyer on, right?

That quarterback, of course, is former Ohio State signal caller Kenny Guiton, and the team that took a chance on the Houston native is the Buffalo Bills. Starting Friday, Guiton will get a three-day trial to prove he belongs in the NFL when he reports to a rookie tryout camp with the Bills.

"This is my livelihood, really, this weekend," Guiton told "That's how I'm looking at it."

And if there's anyone who seems equipped to make the most of that shot, it's Guiton. He arrived at OSU in 2009 the recipient of a late scholarship offer after the rest of the Buckeyes' quarterback recruits went elsewhere, and by the time he was done at Ohio State, he had completed 66.4 percent of his passes with 16 passing touchdowns, three interceptions and six more rushing touchdowns.

When starting quarterback Braxton Miller went down with an injury early in the Buckeyes' second game this year, Guiton came on and directed a 42-point outburst vs. San Diego State, hung 52 points on California and then piloted OSU to 55 in the first half of a blowout of Florida A&M.

Add in the comeback win Guiton orchestrated against Purdue in 2012 in Ohio Stadium when Miller was hurt, and taking advantage of opportunities seems to be Guiton's forte.

"That's exactly how I'm feeling," he said. "It's a three-day shot. That's all I've wanted in my life is a shot, so that's what I'm getting. It's a great situation I'm walking into, too. There's only a few quarterbacks on the roster. I'm the only one coming in this year, so it's a great opportunity."

"I know what I can do. I feel like if I go in and have the type of weekend I know I'm capable of, I feel like this summer, I'll be in Buffalo."

The Buffalo roster does boast incumbent starter and second-year player E.J. Manuel as well as mobile veterans Dennis Dixon and Thaddeus Lewis. Second-year player Jeff Tuel is also on the roster, but the player who became known as "Coach Guiton" for his leadership skills and knowledge of the offense at Ohio State feels he can match up and at least earn a chance to go to training camp with the team come the summer.

"You get a weekend to try to make it to the next step, and I'm ready for it," he said. "I'm going in with no added pressure on me. I think they want to see what I can do, and I'm pretty confident in what I can do so I'll go up there and just show them and be a leader."

Guiton said he has spent the past month or so in his hometown working out, spending time with former Ohio State receiver and current Houston Texans wideout DeVier Posey as well as his high school teammate, Tennessee Titans signee Jaz Reynolds.

With that work completed, Guiton spent the final day of the draft this past weekend at a combination draft and graduation party – he earned a degree in family resource management from OSU in December – with his family.

"I didn't stress over (the draft) at all," he said. "I actually had a big family gathering Saturday. I graduated in December and we couldn't do it through all my training and everything, so we waited until now. I didn't get the call Saturday, but I wasn't even worried about it. The family was all supportive and we had a great time.

"I know I have a degree and football is not forever. I kept my head up no matter what. My dad and I had long talks and whatever happens, we're ready for it. We feel blessed for the opportunity."

Guiton returned to Columbus on Monday and will soon depart for Buffalo for his big shot. He has a plane ticket back to Columbus for after the tryout, but with a good performance this weekend, the team has told him he won't need to use it.

And Guiton doesn't expect to have to.

"I know what I can do," he said. "I feel like if I go in and have the type of weekend I know I'm capable of, I feel like this summer, I'll be in Buffalo."

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