Quarterbacks Joe Bauserman, Taylor Graham, Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton all took reps during the Spring Game on Saturday. The offense won, 59-27.
If Saturday’s Spring Game was supposed to be any indication of which quarterback will be starting the first five games of the season, it was not.
Each quarterback — freshman Braxton Miller, freshman Taylor Graham, redshirt sophomore Kenny Guiton and redshirt senior Joe Bauserman — worked with the first-team offense on Saturday.
All four of them received about equal play under center.
All four scored a touchdown.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor was sidelined during the scrimmage, as he is still recovering from ankle surgery, giving Buckeye fans a small idea of what the offense will look like during the first five games of next season.
Five Buckeyes — Pryor, offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas — are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Coach Jim Tressel will join them for failing to report their violations.
Miller finished the day completing seven of 12 passes for a total of 73 yards, and he ran for another 19 yards. Tressel said he thought the true freshman did well given the simplicity of the playbook.
“I thought Braxton probably played a little bit more relaxed and had a little bit more fun than he has in part because we really limited what we were doing today,” Tressel said.
Graham completed four of nine pass attempts for a total of 91 yards. His day was highlighted by a 68-yard strike to T.Y. Williams for his only touchdown of the day.
“I thought Taylor had a big home run throw, which anytime you can throw the ball vertically up the field, you give a guy going up there a chance to come up with a play like that, that’s big,” Tressel said.
Guiton finished with five completions for 43 yards, and Bauserman finished with four completions for 42 yards.
Center Michael Brewster said the team is learning to adapt to whichever quarterback is taking the snap at the time.
“To us, it doesn’t matter who is back there. We got used to taking snaps with all the different quarterbacks,” Brewster said. “The quarterbacks looked really relaxed today.”
Brewster said it doesn’t matter to him at this point which quarterback plays.
“I just don’t even look anymore. I just get ready and snap it,” Brewster said. “All those guys did a great job today.”
Brewster explained the difficulty of the quarterback position.
“Quarterback to center is a very hard position to learn here, especially in three weeks,” he said. “If you can take a few things out of that, you’re going to be doing good.”
Tressel said taking sacks became an issue for the squad. Bauserman was sacked twice during the game, and Graham was sacked five times.
“We got to learn as young quarterbacks that we can’t get sacked in the red zone and those kinds of things, but it will be interesting to strap all their film throughout the spring chronologically and kind of study them a little bit,” Tressel said. “I think Taylor took a couple too many minus-yard plays.”
Posey, who finished the day with two catches for 26 yards, said he was pleased with the quarterback play.
“I don’t feel like it slowed us down at all,” Posey said.
Senior linebacker Andrew Sweat also said he was pleased with the quarterbacks.
“I think they all played well. Obviously they all made their mistakes at certain points,” Sweat said. “I thought Braxton played well. I thought Taylor had a good touchdown throw. Joe and Kenny, I thought they all played well. Obviously there are things to improve on; there are things for all of us to improve on.”