Urban Meyer: Ohio State QB decision 'starting to eat away at me'
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday the competition for next season's starting quarterback is "starting to eat away at me a little bit," according to ESPN.
Miller, a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award winner, missed the entire 2014 season due to a shoulder injury. Barrett was then named the team's starter and led Ohio State to an 11-1 mark before fracturing his ankle in the team's final regular season game against Michigan.
Jones then replaced Barrett and in his first career start led the Buckeyes to a 59-0 Big Ten title game victory and over Wisconsin. A Jones-quarterbacked team then went on to win the Sugar Bowl and BCS National Championship Game.
"That's the only thing that's starting to eat away at me a little bit," Meyer said of the decision he needs to make. "It didn't for a while because you're just so busy. But now that I'm seeing what I'm seeing, I have such great respect for all three guys."
Miller and Barrett are still limited in spring practice from their injuries, with Miller not expected to throw at full strength until the summer. Barrett is throwing in every "mini-field and 7-on-7" situation in spring drills, according to ESPN.
"Everything is positive," Meyer said. "Talent, quality people, value to the program, investment in the program? Check, check, check, check.
"The only negative is two people are going to have to watch."
The Buckeyes begin the 2015 season on Sept. 7 on the road against Virginia Tech.
- Molly Geary