Ohio State coach Luke Fickell confirmed on Thursday that sophomore Kenny Guiton is the team's new backup quarterback.
Guiton, who started seeing increased reps before the Illinois game, has zoomed past senior Joe Bauserman on the depth chart. Bauserman started the Buckeyes' first three games but struggled mightily against better competition and couldn't get anything going while relieving an injured Braxton Miller in the second half at Nebraska. Now it would be Guiton going in if anything happened to Miller in Saturday's game against Wisconsin.
Fickell said he would still be comfortable using Bauserman but has liked the way Guiton has performed in practice.
“Kenny’s done a great job," Fickell told reporters. "[It's] his ability to have some energy and continue to fight throughout everything to get better, his ability to jump in on special teams ... You want people out there who have emotion and can give you something. There’s still a plan for both of those guys. Both have a role, and I think whatever is needed they are all willing to do."
Fickell also said there is no change yet in the status of running back/kick returner Jaamal Berry, who is a suspect in an alleged assault. He said the team is waiting on the legal system to run its course before making a determination on a possible suspension.