Meyer shifts gears on QB battle
Urban Meyer is being more decisive with his quarterback situation.
Throughout fall camp, the Buckeye coach maintained his desire to keep the starting quarterback a secret until the first series against Virginia Tech. He lived up to his word and even surprised Cardale Jones when they huddled up for the first time.
Well after inconsistency from both Jones and J.T. Barrett, Meyer is going in a different direction. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s changing quarterbacks, but Meyer did say on Tuesday that he was going to announce a clear starter probably after practice on Wednesday night.
The Ohio State coach addressed the issue on the Big Ten Teleconference on Tuesday afternoon with a more direct timeframe than when he met with the media on Monday.
Meyer said he will be more direct before Saturday’s game against Western Michigan.
Meyer said having the clear starter — Jones — worked out fine vs VT and not so well since. Said he has a "clear" starter in mind.
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 22, 2015
In previous weeks, Meyer has said that both will definitely play. He wouldn’t guarantee how many snaps, just that both would have a roll in the offense.
The Buckeyes have struggled at the position since rolling Virginia Tech 42-24 in the season opener. Since that game, the Buckeye quarterbacks have combined for just one touchdown pass and three interceptions. Barrett saw action in the first half of both games as a result of Jones’ early struggles.
Whether or not Meyer follows through and makes his announcement after practice on Wednesday night remains to be seen. Either way, it’s clear he wants to establish some consistency at the position.
“We’re going to have a really clear starter this week, at the right time,” Meyer said on Tuesday. “I kind of already know who it is.”