No reason for Ohio State to worry about quarterback play in 2018
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Is staff concerned debt at QB?
— braves fan (@Ironspot1975) June 5, 2018
College football coaches are paid to worry about every little detail, so you can be sure that the staff is well aware of what could go wrong when trotting out a quarterback with no career starts. With that being said, I think that would happen no matter what the quarterback room looked like because overpreparing is just part of the job.
Ultimately, I think Ohio State’s coaches know they’re still in a better situation than most schools despite having to replace someone who rewrote the program’s record book. Before Joe Burrow announced his transfer, quarterbacks coach Ryan Day told reporters in April that anyone in the room was capable of playing at the level expected of an Ohio State quarterback, which helped ease some of the worries that come with having to decide on a starter.
“The good news is we have good players,” Day said. “We have a good room, good quarterbacks, and guys are getting better. There are some places that don’t have any guys that can play at the level that our guys can. So, that’s a positive. It’s all about how you think about it and how you approach it. I’m really positive about it because I think we have a good room.”
As an added bonus, Ohio State got a taste of what the future could hold because Dwayne Haskins was forced to come in during the Michigan game because of an injury to J.T. Barrett. He completed 6 of 7 passes for 94 yards, ran for a touchdown and led the Buckeyes to a come-from-behind win. That’s the type of performance that helps coaches sleep better at night.
“Dwayne is a young guy that came in against our rivals and did a heck of a job,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club on May 14. “You go back and watch that again, he came in on the first drive and took us down the field and scored on that first drive against that defense. So he’s got a great release, he’s got good size and he’s a mobile enough quarterback. It is going to change how we attack defenses.”
While it’s human nature to worry about the unknown, all evidence suggests that the Buckeyes are in great shape at quarterback.
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