INDIANAPOLIS — If J.T. Barrett has a favorite to succeed him in Ohio State’s quarterback derby, he’s not letting it show.
The former Buckeyes quarterback met with media at the NFL combine and tried to be neutral in describing the Buckeyes’ three-way quarterback battle.
“They have some great quarterbacks at Ohio State, and they’re going to battle it out,” Barrett said Friday. “The next quarterback is going to do a great job at Ohio State.”
The most experienced candidate is sophomore Dwayne Haskins, who completed 40 of 57 passes (70.2 percent) for 565 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception in relief of Barrett in 2017. He also rushed 24 times for 86 yards. Joe Burrow, a junior, completed 7 of 11 passes for 61 yards. Tate Martell redshirted last season in his first year on campus.
“I’m not sure whether it’s going to be Dwayne, Joe or Tate,” Barrett said. “Honestly you all are going to follow it at spring practice with the Buckeyes, so you all will probably know more than I do.”
Barrett also was evasive about how Ryan Day’s promotion to co-offensive coordinator alongside Kevin Wilson will impact the Buckeyes’ offense.
“Coach Day and Coach Wilson will make it work,” Barrett said. “We were successful last season, and they’re going to do a great job with making Ohio State the best it can be.”