When J.T. Barrett walked off the field after Ohio State’s 24-7 win over USC at the Cotton Bowl in late December, it closed one chapter in Ohio State’s history and opened a new one. With its veteran quarterback officially done with his college career, Ohio State’s race for Barrett’s replacement was underway.
With fewer than five months to go before the 2018 college football season kicks off, the competition for Ohio State’s starting quarterback job is still heated. The race primarily is between redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins, redshirt freshman Tate Martell and redshirt junior Joe Burrow.
Although the Buckeyes have been going through spring practices over the last few weeks, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Monday that there is not a leader in the quarterback race.
“Right now there is not that separation,” Meyer said.
According to Meyer, none of the quarterbacks have been able to firmly take the lead.
“You wish one would take it, and that has not happened,” Meyer said. ” … You wish one would take it, but then again, you like having day-to-day competition.”
Many have assumed that Haskins will be the starter for the Buckeyes this season because he was the backup last season. However, Martell and Burrow appear to have as good of a shot at earning the job as Haskins.
Last season, Haskins played in eight games for the Buckeyes, completing 70 percent of his passes for 565 yards and 4 touchdowns against 1 interception.
Martell redshirted last season. But the 4-star recruit was a top-100 prospect in the 2017 recruiting class, according to 247Sports. In addition, 247Sports ranked him the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in his class.
As for Burrow, he played in five games last season, completing 63.6 percent of his passes for 61 yards.