Looking inside Ohio State’s QB battle; baseball recruit Joey Velazquez eyes 2-sport stardom
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A look inside Ohio State’s 2018 quarterback battle
For the first time in three seasons, there’s a question about who will be Ohio State’s starting quarterback. The widely publicized battle between Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell is unfolding on the field in spring practice. But what does the battle look like when those signal callers aren’t trying to prove themselves on the field? Land of 10’s Austin Ward took a look inside the Buckeyes’ current quarterback race and how Haskins, Burrow and Martell handle their relationship when they’re not competing for reps.
Ward for noted its similarities to the 2015 position battle between J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, who still maintain a strong friendship to this day.
“I think that’s really hard to do in a quarterback competition because you’re both struggling for your careers,” Burrow said of Jones and Barrett’s bond. “I’m surprised that they were able to do it, but it was impressive.”
Why an unimpressive spring practice isn’t necessarily bad for Ohio State
Urban Meyer did not like what he saw on the practice field Monday when the Buckeyes took the field for the sixth time this spring. Meyer had a testy press conference after the practice and called out his team for not being where he thought it would be by this point. While Meyer wants his team to be more polished by the time it plays in its spring game April 14, a rough practice in March is not necessarily a bad sign, Land of 10’s Ryan Ginn writes.
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Ohio State baseball commit also has serious football potential
Joey Velazquez has been an Ohio State baseball commit since the fall of 2016. But the athlete is dreaming about being a two-sport star in college. Velazquez is also a serious football player (at multiple positions) for Columbus St. Francis DeSales. Velazquez picked up his first football scholarship offer this week, and it just so happened to come from Ohio State’s biggest rival. As Velazquez mulled his offer from Michigan, he caught up with Land of 10’s Ryan Donnelly, who broke down Velazquez ‘s future on the baseball diamond and the gridiron.
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