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J.T. Barrett leads a talented group of quarterbacks at Ohio State.

Ohio State has the best QBs in the Big Ten, a Game of Thrones-style Ohio State trailer debuts and more

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Today is Thursday, May 25, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.


Appreciate Ohio State’s QB situation

There’s been noticeable angst from some Ohio State fans the past few months about the quarterback spot.

J.T. Barrett has declined in completion percentage each of the last two seasons, and Ohio State scored no points in its last game — which happened to be a pretty important one — so some blowback, rational or not, was to be expected. Still, Barrett is a former fifth-place Heisman Trophy finisher with a 26-4 career record. He has a shot at owning virtually every important Ohio State quarterback record by the time his career wraps up.

The future also looks just as bright. Joe Burrow, Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell all were 4-star recruits. And, on top of that, the Buckeyes hired acclaimed offensive innovator Kevin Wilson as their new offensive coordinator. For all of these reasons, ESPN named Ohio State as the best quarterback situation in the Big Ten.

Ohio State returns the most productive quarterback in program history to operate an offense that promises to let him unleash some deeper throws this year. J.T. Barrett has accounted for exactly 100 touchdowns heading into his senior season. New offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who previously had to stop Barrett when the Buckeyes played Indiana, said he thought the veteran leader made good strides on hitting longer throws in spring practice.

Barrett is a candidate to be the conference’s top player next season, but it’s Ohio State’s depth at quarterback that nudges them ahead of others to the top of this list. Backups Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins both have the skills to be starters. They threw three touchdown passes each in the spring game in Columbus, setting up what could be the most entertaining backup quarterback battle in college football this year.

Pretty good, right? Barrett looks poised to thrive under Wilson, and the Buckeyes have some pretty high-end talent fighting to take his place next season. Michigan and Penn State aren’t far behind and recruiting suggests it will stay that way for a few years, at least but there’s not a team in the conference that Ohio State would be better off swapping quarterbacks with.

Ezekiel Elliott OK after car crash

Ezekiel Elliott sustained a hit to the head as a passenger in a car crash on Sunday, but he’s otherwise fine.

The incident didn’t become public until Wednesday, but the Dallas Cowboys found out about it on Monday and withheld Elliott from OTAs in the following days.

“When he came in on Monday he had some body stiffness and some neck stiffness, so we got him checked out,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett told ESPN. “We felt like it was the right thing to do to keep him out. He’s done the dynamic warm-up over the last couple of days, but we kept him out of the practice portion of it.”

Elliott’s mom, Dawn, posted a tweet saying that the car Elliott was in was rear ended and her son wasn’t at fault.

All in all, it sounds like Elliott escaped the accident with no lingering effects.

“He’s fine,” running backs coach Gary Brown told ESPN. “He’s good. Everything’s good.”

Fall is coming…

Ohio State’s social media, video and graphic design work continues to be the best.

On the day a new Game of Thrones trailer dropped, Ohio State made its own version highlighting the many enemies the Buckeyes will face from all sides this season.

Who’s ready for September?

B1G happenings

• One radio host says Nebraska football will never be great again.

• Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan is headed to the NBA draft.

New beer pays tribute to late Michigan State punter Mike Sadler.

• The Jets are pleased with Christian Hackenberg.