One of the most hotly debated topics surrounding Ohio State football this offseason is who should get the nod as the team’s starting quarterback for the 2018 season. After the Buckeyes held their annual spring game on Saturday at Ohio Stadium, the decision for coach Urban Meyer and his staff will not be an easy one.
Ohio State’s quarterback will either be redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins, redshirt junior Joe Burrow or redshirt freshman Tate Martell. While all three played well during the spring game, it appears that the coaching staff’s final decision will be between Haskins and Burrow.
After the game, Meyer spoke with ESPN’s Marty Smith and discussed the play of the three quarterbacks.
“I think Tate Martell really showed his athleticism,” Meyer said. “Showcased it, but didn’t throw the ball as well. And the other two guys, you know, we got to go back and statistically analyze everything and make a decision, and it’s not going to be an easy one.”
While many expect Haskins to win the job because he was the backup to J.T. Barrett last season, Burrow is making a case for himself. He has been with the program for the last three seasons and noted that he didn’t come to Ohio State to sit for four years.
When Smith asked Meyer about Burrow, Meyer said that he owes the long-time Buckeye an answer.
“I love Joe Burrow,” Meyer said. “He’s a loyal soldier, and I think I owe him an answer. Our staff owes him an answer. And I don’t know what it is right now. [He’s] a guy who gives so much to our program. I believe we’ve given a lot back to him, but you play quarterback to play. He’s a great kid, he’s a very good quarterback. We’ll see what happens.”
Last season, Haskins played in eight games as the primary backup, throwing for 565 yards and 4 touchdowns with 1 interception. He completed 70.2 percent of his passes.
Burrow played in five games last season and completed 7 of 11 passes for 61 yards. In 2016, Burrow played in six games and completed 78.6 percent of his passes for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns.
To watch the entire interview with Meyer, see below: