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Ohio State football's quarterback decision between Dwayne Haskins and Joe Burrow won't be easy.

Ohio State has tough QB decision to make; Ryan Shazier gets big ovation at Buckeyes’ spring game

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It’s decision time in Ohio State’s quarterback battle

Urban Meyer said there was no clear No. 1 for Ohio State at quarterback going into the Buckeyes’ spring game. There’s no obvious choice after the game, either. Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins both showed flashes of what they can do behind center in the team’s expedited Saturday scrimmage. Meyer says he would meet with assistants Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson early this week to discuss the quarterback battle. It’s a hard choice for Meyer, but one with no wrong answer, Land of 10’s Austin Ward says.

Joe Burrow, Dwayne Haskins make their cases

Burrow and Haskins both made their cases to be the starter on and off the field Saturday. Land of 10’s Ryan Ginn broke down video of the styles of Burrow, Haskins and Tate Martell behind center and examined how each could fit in Ohio State’s offense.

While speaking with reporters, Burrow, who could potentially transfer, said he wasn’t sure what his future would be at Ohio State if he was not named the starter. “I didn’t come here to sit on the bench for four years,” the redshirt junior said. Dwayne Haskins, meanwhile, said he feels “like I should be the guy.”

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Ryan Shazier becomes star of Ohio State’s spring game

Former Buckeyes standout Ryan Shazier was back at Ohio Stadium on Saturday and got a warm welcome from fans. Shazier, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker who suffered a serious spine injury in December, stood and pumped up the crowd early on in the Buckeyes’ spring game. He also told ESPN’s Marty Smith that he feels “1,000 times better” than he initially did after the injury.

Buckeyes land 4-star Ronnie Hickman during busy recruiting weekend

It was a solid recruiting weekend for Ohio State. The Buckeyes landed 4-star athlete Ronnie Hickman from Wayne, N.J., on Friday night. They hosted a loaded group of recruits on Saturday, including Dallas Jesuit’s EJ Smith, the son of NFL legend Emmitt Smith. Land of 10’s Ryan Donnelly has a full rundown of all the recruits who were on hand for Ohio State’s spring game.

Final observations from spring practice

While the quarterback battle remains up in the air, we still learned a great deal about the 2018 Ohio State football team over the last five weeks. Ward listed his spring football observations, which include notes on the Buckeyes’ defensive line and offensive weapon Demario McCall, while Land of 10’s Ryan Ginn projected what the Buckeyes’ depth chart will look like in the fall.

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