How Ohio State Will Look If Joe Burrow Is Quarterback

How Ohio State Will Look If Joe Burrow Is Quarterback

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How Ohio State Will Look If Joe Burrow Is Quarterback


How will the Ohio State offense change now that J.T. Barrett is gone? We’re taking a look at how things will look with a different quarterback under center. This time, we examine the offense if Joe Burrow ends up being the man. 


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If the quarterback is: Dwayne Haskins | Tate Martell

How Ohio State Will Look If Joe Burrow Is Quarterback

So far we’ve taken a look at how the Ohio State offense will change if either Dwayne Haskins or Tate Martell win the starting job vacated by J.T. Barrett, and now it’s time to look at Joe Burrow.

Though the 6-3, 215 lb. junior appears to be the odd man out, we must remember that he was originally neck and neck with Dwayne Haskins for the competition to be the back-up to Barrett before suffering a hand injury and subsequent surgery.

He’s fully healthy now, meaning he too will get every shot to win a quarterback competition that has already started in earnest.

The Solid Play

If Burrow wins the starting job, it won’t be because of his dynamic ability to make electric plays when thing break down. It also won’t be because he wins an arm strength competition between him and Haskins — though his arm strength and accuracy is more than adequate.

No, if No. 10 ends up being the last man standing from this three-headed crash-up derby competition between quarterbacks, it’ll be because of his decision-making, accuracy and efficient play.

Much like when J.T. Barrett moved ahead of Cardale Jones in the fall of 2014, it could be because the offense just operated better, and the chains moved more often when he was getting the reps in practice.

A Real Talent

Don’t forget. Burrow was Mr. Football in Ohio for 2015. He may have come from a Division III program out of Athens, Ohio, but talent can be mined from anywhere. In high school he threw for over 11,000 yards and a whopping 157 TDs through the air, to just 17 interceptions.

And although teams will never game-plan around his ability to run and make plays, he can scramble in the pocket when needed and even tuck it for a few yards if nothing is open.

Bottom line; don’t disregard the ability of this kid to run the show.

On The Ground

The running back room will undoubtedly be happy with whomever elbows their way into the starting role under center, but if it’s Burrow, the tailbacks will probably get more traditional touches.

An Urban Meyer/Ryan Day/Kevin Wilson offense will never be a pro-style type of attack, but it will look more like one with Burrow. There will be more drop back passes, and less QB runs, with more volume touches for both Dobbins and Weber. That’s because, of the three, Burrow’s skill set is more passer and less threat to run.

Through The Air

Let’s talk about that passing game. Remember that all six receivers from the projected two-deep are back. That means a guy with the throwing talent of Burrow has a better shot to get the gig than say, last year, or even worse, another year when the receiving corps was breaking in young pups.

He should be able to stand in the pocket and distribute the ball much like a Kenny Guiton or J.T. Barrett did when he first broke into the lineup because of Braxton Miller’s injury.

He’s been in some semblance of this offense longer than the other two, so he has a better grasp of what the coaches are trying to do, is more likely to get through his progressions and make the right play.

That will count in this whole deal.

The Bottom Line

I think we need to step back and understand that this truly is a legitimate, three-man race here. Haskins did well in his spot duty last year and raised eyebrows with his play against Michigan. It’s safe to say that fans and coaches were not bitterly disappointed that he brought the team back for another victory over TTUN.

However, just like Tate Martell will get a real and tangible shot to win the starting spot instead of Haskins, so will Joe Burrow.

The kid’s a bit of a gunslinger, and I wouldn’t discount his chances at all.

 

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