Ohio State has options at QB

Updated: September 18, 2013, 1:13 AM ET
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has a nice problem on his hands: He might just have too much talent at the quarterback position.

After all, he has three-year starter and Heisman Trophy finalist Braxton Miller and backup Kenny Guiton, who has gotten a turn in the spotlight because of Miller's sprained knee ligament.

The problem? Miller may be ready to return Saturday against Florida A&M.

[+] EnlargeBraxton Miller, Kenny Guiton
Greg Bartram/USA TODAY SportsIn Kenny Guiton and Braxton Miller, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has two quarterbacks who can take the fourth-ranked Buckeyes' offense places.
"We didn't have that dilemma a year ago. ... Not dilemma, but luxury," Meyer said of the days when Miller was considered a superstar and Guiton just a kid on the sideline waiting his turn. "If [Kenny] is one of the best 11, you have an obligation to get him on the field a little bit."

No matter what, Guiton says he can handle it.

"That's the coaches' decision. I'm happy with whatever they decide to do," the fifth-year senior said. "I'm all with the team. I've been like that for 4½ years. Why change now?"

Almost the same question is facing Meyer: Why change quarterbacks now?

Guiton has been brilliant since taking over for Miller early against San Diego State two weeks ago. Guiton has made big play after big play with almost no mistakes, and all but erasing the other teams' hopes.

He's completed 67 percent of his passes (41 of 61) for seven touchdowns with just one interception. His quarterback efficiency rating is a tad higher than Miller's. And he's 2-0 while running the show.

Having two quality players at a spot where there's room for only one presents a daunting but interesting problem.

"Well, the obvious ones are one starts and one plays a couple of series," Meyer said of his options. "Another is if Braxton's not healthy, then he's kind of a guy [we'd use] in case of an emergency situation. Then the other is maybe a couple of plays with both of them on the field, being creative and trying to get your best players on the field."

Could Miller be used as an H or hybrid back? Could Guiton be in the same backfield with Miller and be a threat on a quick-pitch pass while rolling out?

Miller is listed as "probable" for FAMU. Meyer has always said that a player doesn't lose his starting job because of an injury. Then again, he also has said that anyone can earn his way onto the first team.

Miller and Guiton are friends who have benefited from having the other around.

Miller is elusive as a runner and an above-average passer. Guiton is taller, thinner and appears to have a better touch on deep passes, even hitting Devin Smith on the second play of Saturday's game at California for a 90-yard touchdown -- the longest play from scrimmage in Ohio State's 124 seasons of football.

"It really doesn't matter to me who is in," Smith said. "They're both winners."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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