Braxton Miller’s status leading up to Ohio State’s clash against Florida A&M will be the overlying storyline to follow.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer has been taking a cautious approach to bringing his quarterback back into the fold. That’s understandable, considering senior quarterback Kenny Guiton’s performance in Miller’s stead.
As of Thursday, the coach is still calling Miller’s prospects to play day to day, per the The Columbus Dispatch’s Tim May:
Urban Meyer on Braxton Miller -- "We are going to keep working until the foot hits the ball, and make a decision on game day."— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) September 19, 2013
Meyer did elaborate, though, saying that even if Miller does see the field, he’ll likely be limited in some capacity, per Brandon Castel of The-Ozone.net:
Biggest thing: Meyer said Braxton Miller still isn't at full speed, but should play in a limited role Sat. against FAMU.— Brandon Castel (@BCastOZone) September 19, 2013
Given the task at hand, it makes sense for Meyer to be precautious with his star quarterback prior to the start of conference play. Guiton has proved to be more than capable of leading the team’s offense in Miller’s absence and shouldn’t have any problems against Florida A&M.
Shutdown Corner Bradley Roby on Display
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Potential first-round NFL draft pick Bradley Roby will be a fun Buckeyes player to watch this weekend. Roby will have an interesting matchup against Lenworth Lennon, the Rattlers’ top wideout.
Now, the 5’10”, 175-pound receiver shouldn’t pose too much of a problem for an NFL prospect, but that’s a testament to Roby’s ability more so than Lennon’s lack thereof. He’s quick and presents the Rattlers’ biggest challenge to the Buckeyes.
If Florida A&M has any hope of moving the football at Ohio Stadium, it will have no choice but to look in Lennon’s direction. If Roby shuts him down, as expected, it’ll be another highlight-reel performance to add to his draft profile.
Kenny Guiton as an NFL Prospect
With Miller likely to be limited, Guiton will command a large share of the snaps behind center again this weekend. It’s not as tough of a test as he faced in his first-ever start, against California last week, but it could be the type of game that piques the interest of NFL draft scouts.
Will Kenny Guiton play on Sundays?
One scouting site, NFLDraftScout.com, currently has Guiton ranked as the No. 19 quarterback prospect, with a stock that’s quickly trending upward.
If he comes in and makes it looks as easy as he did against Cal, Guiton could help the Buckeyes solidify their first true blowout of the year while also doing himself some favors for the future. There have been some college backups who have gone on to NFL success, so it’s not crazy to think that a team would roll the dice on him with a mid-to-late pick in next April’s draft.