September 8, 2013

What we learned: Week 2

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What we learned: Week 2

Ohio State rebounded from a sloppy week one performance against Buffalo to handily defeat San Diego State, 42-7, Saturday without Braxton Miller. The junior quarterback tweaked his knee on a scramble on the first Buckeye drive of the game. Kenny Guiton stepped in beautifully, leading the Buckeyes to their most complete performance of a very young season.

What did we learn in the victory against the Aztecs?

Kenny G

Teammates and coaches often refer to Guiton as the "best backup quarterback in the country". It might be time to drop the "backup" from that title. Guiton is a backup, but I'm not sure there are 20 quarterbacks in the nation that are better than Guiton right now. In the Big Ten alone, Guiton might be the fourth best signal caller behind Miller, Nebraska's Taylor Martinez and Michigan's Devin Gardner.

Run Dontre, run

Bradley Roby has, admittedly, been the fastest player on Ohio State's team over the past two years, with rumors of the redshirt junior running a sub-4.3 40-yard dash. Dontre Wilson may have him beat this year, though. The freshman from Texas showed off his speed yesterday, rushing for his first career touchdown in the first quarter. He may be Ohio State's fastest player since Ted Ginn Jr. was wearing the Scarlet and Gray.

Defensive line

Coming into the season, the best unit on the defense was the secondary, according to the coaches. That still may be true. Eventually, though, it wouldn't surprise me if the defensive line eclipsed them as the best defensive group. The Buckeyes defensive linemen were all over the field yesterday. Urban Meyer has called Michael Bennett the Buckeyes best practice player over the past few weeks. The junior is turning into one of Ohio State's best players, period.

Special teams really do matter
Late in the fourth quarter Saturday, with Ohio State's victory clearly wrapped up, Roby made his way on to the field. He was lining up with other members of the Buckeyes' kickoff coverage team. Part of that may be attributed to the fact that Roby is coming off a suspension, but mostly, it attests to what Meyer has been preaching since he got here. The special teams units are just as important as any other unit on the team, and he's going to put his best players on that unit if he has to.


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