Ohio State actually showed that starting quarterback Braxton Miller wasn't indispensable last season when Kenny Guiton started two games in September while Miller nursed a knee injury. Granted, Guiton's two starts came against Cal and Florida A&M, but he gave the Buckeyes even more confidence at quarterback.
However, Guiton, a senior last season, is gone. Cardale Jones is the No. 2 guy behind Miller, who was sidelined during spring with a shoulder injury. Jones, a redshirt sophomore, only attempted two passes last season, completing one for three yards.
That's not to say that Jones isn't capable of filling in for Miller, but head coach Urban Meyer said after the Buckeyes' spring game that he wasn't happy with Jones' performance.
"Cardale was disappointing," Meyer said, via James Grega Jr. of The Lantern. "I thought he made some misses today, but I’m not going to let that ruin his spring. He’s had a good spring for us."
Ohio State just hopes Miller can stay healthy the entire season. He's the perfect fit for Meyer's offense.
Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football at Bleacher Report. All stats courtesy of cfbstats.com. All quotes cited unless obtained firsthand.