Big Ten Media Day kicked off with a bang on Thursday. First, Ohio State was voted as the No.1 team in the coaches poll. Soon after, those same Buckeyes lost four players due to suspension, for week one. Once Urban Meyer took the podium, he had a lot to say about the status of the teams upcoming season.
However, there is only one question that everybody wants answered. Who is going to be Ohio State’s starting quarterback? According to Larry Brown Sports, Meyer and the rest of the coaching staff is heading in Barrett’s direction. Apparently, Barrett’s leadership, and other off the field skills are still off the charts, and that’s one of the biggest criteria to winning the QB position. Meyer added that Cardale Jones is “getting better” in the leadership department, but the job is Barrett’s to lose.
That’s a tough thing to say about a quarterback that won three of the biggest games in Ohio State’s history. Still, it’s extremely difficult to disregard everything that Barrett has done. As a starter, he finished (11-1), with the lone loss coming in the second week to Virginia Tech. As everybody knows, the Hokies have the first chance of upending the champions this season.
In reality, Ohio State can’t go wrong with either choice at quarterback. Despite combining for only 15 starts, both players have become proven winners. In addition, they’ve each comeback from first half struggles last season. Therefore, Meyer is not likely to make a quarterback change in the middle of the game after a couple bad possessions. Although, the idea of playing both quarterbacks is a tempting scenario.
For now, Barrett and Jones will continue to battle it out, while Braxton Miller gets acclimated to playing H-back.