Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer says his starting quarterback will be “the first guy that jogs out” of the tunnel at Virginia Tech.
Meyer addressed reporters at Big Ten Media Days Thursday, with the hot topic being the Buckeyes' quarterback situation. With Cardale Jones, who led Ohio State to a national championship last season, J.T. Barrett, who was outstanding last year before undergoing ankle surgery, and Braxton Miller, the team's former starter who Meyer says will convert to wide receiver all on the roster, the picture remains foggy.
“The first guy that jogs out at Blacksburg will be the starting quarterback,” Meyer said, according to SI's Brian Hamilton. He doesn't plan on revealing his decision before that. Meyer also said the team is “keeping score, of everything” at practice.
While Jones keyed the Buckeyes' title run, Barrett was impressive last season and a Heisman Candidate before his injury made way for Jones to start. Barrett passed for 2834 yards and 34 touchdowns with a 64.7% completion rate. Jones finished out the season as the starter and totaled 860 yards and seven touchdown passes while completing 60.9% of passes on the year.
Miller was Ohio State's starting quarterback from 2011-2013, but suffered a season-ending shoulder injury and missed all of 2014. Meyer discussed Miller's position change, saying he expected him to play receiver and be an “impact player,” adding that he would work with him personally to help him adjust.
Urban Meyer: "The first guy that jogs out at Blacksburg will be the starting quarterback." Doesn't plan to reveal choice before that.— Brian Hamilton (@_Brian_Hamilton) July 30, 2015
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