Senior quarterback Joe Bauserman will start Saturday's season opener against the Akron Zips, although true freshman Braxton Miller will also play, Ohio State coach Luke Fickell said at his first weekly news conference on Tuesday.
Bauserman is a 26-year-old former minor league baseball player who has paid plenty of dues at Ohio State. He has backed up Todd Boeckman and Terrelle Pryor before finally getting his chance.
"It's leadership," Fickell said. "I think he's done a really good job through camp. I've been impressed with the things we've asked him to do."
Miller is still expected to get substantial playing time, although Fickell wouldn't disclose when he would enter or how much he would play. The two quarterbacks have clearly separated themselves from Kenny Guiton and Taylor Graham in the battle for the starting job.
Bauserman has attempted just 47 passes in his career, throwing for 320 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in limited time.