Senior Day Likely to Be Poignant for Guiton
by Patrick Murphy
As senior day approaches senior quarterback Kenny Guiton is a household name for Buckeye fans.
This was not always the case for Guiton though.
Photo by Jim Davidson
The 6-3 quarterback was not a heralded recruit coming out of high school. His offer list included schools such as Houston, Kansas, and Prairie View A&M.
Guiton came to Ohio State when the Buckeyes were hitting on all cylinders. Coming off two-straight national title appearances, OSU went to BCS bowls in Guiton’s first two years in Columbus.
“It was a roller coaster ride. It started off giving us everything, you know,” Guiton said.
He quickly found out that things don’t always go so smooth.
“Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl and then, not trying to down the Gator Bowl or anything but it’s not the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl. We kinda got spoiled from the start and then once we got down.”
Spoiled may have been Guiton’s problem early on, despite not being a contributor.
On a team that finished 6-7 and had issues throwing Guiton was not considered by interim coach Luke Fickell in 2011. Guiton sat in favor of fifth-year senior Joe Bauserman and true freshman Braxton Miller,.
When Urban Meyer took over, Guiton’s reputation put him in the dog house. He was given an ultimatum to get his life and focus back on track and then he did.
As Guiton began to buy into Meyer, so did the Buckeyes.
“I didn’t know the demeanor of the head guy coming in,” Guiton said. “Once I met him, I didn’t know it would turn out to be like this but I knew he would get it in the right direction.”
Since then, OSU has not lost a game – something that amazes a player who’s seen how low things can go.
“I never would have guessed that,” Guiton said to being undefeated under Meyer.
“It’s a blessing man. That Gator Bowl, after leaving it, we left with a sour feeling… To see it unfolding like this is amazing.”
Photo by Jim Davidson
Number 13 got back on the right track with his coaches, but he would not have earned the respect of the Ohio State fans if it had not been for the injury to Miller in the Purdue game in 2012
“Number one, that Purdue game last year; just coming in and getting to save a 12-0 season,” Guiton said.
“I think that was big for our seniors then and that was my first piece of some real action, so that was pretty cool to do.”
Leading the Buckeyes to a come-from-behind overtime win will forever be remembered by those who witnessed Guiton’s day, but fans will not forget his 2013 either.
With Miller out for three games early in the season, Guiton stepped in and not only kept the ship afloat, but upped the ante.
“I can’t settle down on this year either,” Guiton said. “I never saw myself getting National Player of the Week after I knew I wasn’t going to be a starter. That was crazy too.”
Guiton made things look easy in his first start with over 370 yards of total offense on the road. He was given the national award for his performance.
Now, as he prepares for his last home game, the usually fired up Guiton showed a different emotion.
“I’ve been talking to a lot of guys about it… We’re just like, ‘Man, we can’t talk about that,’” Guiton said.
“We kinda get sentimental behind it. It’s gonna be a touchy day. Some tears may come out, but I’m hoping not and everything, but it’s gonna be a lot of fun.”
Guiton does not believe he will start his senior day, but is excited for his family to see how he is now received by the Buckeye faithful.
“One thing I’m happy about, my family coming up and getting to see that,” Guiton said.
“I came all the way out here from Texas and family don’t get to make it much, so them getting to be here and seeing that, that will be so cool. I can’t wait for that.”
It may be his last game played in the Horseshoe, but he hopes it won’t be his last game on the sidelines.
“I have told the coaches I want to do the coaching thing, so I hope so,” he said. “[Graduate Assistant,] that’s the plan, I hope so.”
Guiton has come a long way over his five years at Ohio State and his future is bright with whatever he elects to do.
No matter what happens, the legend of Kenny G has been cemented. It happend last year against Purdue, and it's likely that the cement will last long after this senior day is over.