Meyer won't name QB starter
Urban Meyer is still not showing his hand.
The Ohio State coach might’ve started Cardale Jones — and played him until the game was essentially over — but there is still no outright starter for Week 2. That, according to Wednesday’s depth chart, was the latest development in the never-ending quarterback debate in Columbus.
Jones delivered three total touchdowns and ran for 99 yards in his three quarters of action. J.T. Barrett busted a 40-yard run and tossed a 26-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Michael Thomas to put the exclamation point on a 42-24 victory.
Meyer has repeatedly said that both will play this season. He did not, however, use the two-quarterback system within the competitive minutes of Monday night’s opener.
Barrett, the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, was not put into the game for a single snap until the Buckeyes led 35-17 in the fourth quarter.
Jones admitted after the game that neither had any idea who was the starter until the first series. He also denied the claim that Meyer told them who the starter was the Saturday before the game. They didn’t even announce either as the starter on the in-stadium pre-game introductions.
Meyer will attempt to keep Hawaii off-balanced as it prepares for the nearly impossible task of shutting down the Buckeye offense. One would assume that Jones is holding on to the job as long as he stays healthy. Then again, Meyer has been known to pull off a surprise or two.
But let’s be honest. Will that really matter against Hawaii?