COLUMBUS, Ohio — J.T. Barrett looks like he could be in for a big season as a senior at Ohio State.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer had plenty of praise for his quarterback in Monday’s press conference. He noted that new quarterbacks coach Ryan Day has done great work with Barrett since being hired in the offseason.
“His accuracy and his energy level is incredible,” Meyer said. “He’s got complete ownership of everything going on in that offense. He’s a very accurate player.”
Here are some other key notes from Meyer’s presser.
Right guard still being contested
Ohio State football’s battle for the right guard spot is growing closer to being settled, Meyer said.
One player has emerged to take the majority of first-team reps in practice, but Meyer declined to identify the player. The four left in the battle are Malcolm Pridgeon, Branden Bowen, Demetrius Knox and Matthew Burrell.
Pridgeon and Burrell took most first-team reps during practices that media members were allowed to observe earlier in fall camp.
Meyer said the competition could be resolved within a week.
No backup QB yet
No backup to quarterback J.T. Barrett has been named.
Meyer said the spot will go to either Joe Burrow or Dwayne Haskins, and Ohio State’s next scrimmage could play a big role in deciding who ultimately comes off the bench first.
“Big scrimmage on Saturday, and that will be a part of it,” he said.
He added that Tate Martell’s running ability makes the freshman a factor in the fight for playing time, as well.
“Tate gives us a weapon,” he said.
J.T. Barrett running less
One change with Kevin Wilson as offensive coordinator: Barrett probably will run less this season.
Barrett carried the ball more than 200 times last season and rushed more times than running back Mike Weber. While he can often make plays with his feet, it’s not efficient to use him that much in the ground game.
That’s something Ohio State is working on changing.
“We’d rather not use him as much,” Meyer said. “That’s not a good indication things are going well. At times when we use him that’s when things aren’t clicking at other spots.”