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OSU Faces Tough QB Decision

This is the most intriguing personnel competition in the nation ever. Not many schools have had a three-man quarterback battle after winning the national championship. The Buckeyes quite possibly have the most proven quarterback talent in college football history.

With the three star quarterbacks returning, Miller, Jones, and Barrett, Meyer has a serious decision coming his way.  At the end of the day, no matter what choice Meyer goes with, it will be a good one.

According to a Yahoo sports article, “Ohio State’s three-man QB battle rages on as coaches refuse to commit in spring.” Braxton Miller is 22-2 as the starting quarterback under Urban Meyer.

He was up for the Heisman Trophy, but he finished fifth in the whole competition. He also set the school record for single-season total offense.

His shoulder injury in August sidelined him for the remainder of the season. It ruined the Buckeyes’ chance for a shot at the national championship.

J.T. Barrett is another player in the running for the starting spot. He is 11-1 as a starting quarterback. Barrett was also able to finish 5th in the Heisman Trophy battle.

He also broke Miller’s record for single-season total offense. Barrett’s broken leg in November was said to doom the Buckeyes championship aspirations.

Finally is Cardale Jones; he is 3-0 as the starting quarterback. Although he has only played in three games, they were very important. He played in the Big Ten championship game, the Sugar Bowl, and the College Football Playoff national championship.

Meyer said the competition is going to be based off of hard data. Meyer said everything will be charted: “‘I’ll come up with some kind of system throughout training camp that we’re going to chart everything that everyone does.'”

He goes on to say this job can’t be half done. Meyer doesn’t want his decision to be left in question. He wants there to be clear data that shows who and why he chose the player in which he did.

Each player had the option to transfer but chose not to. Miller didn’t because teams don’t want their offense in the hands of a player coming off two shoulder injuries.

During this year’s spring game, Jones was reported to have a good game, throwing 19 of 42 for 304 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. But, this is only the start of the battle.

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Ohio State’s three-man QB battle rages on as coaches refuse to commit in spring – Yahoo.com

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