Deja Vu: Ohio State's Quarterback Competition is Just Like it Was in 2014

Deja Vu: Ohio State's Quarterback Competition is Just Like it Was in 2014

Terry Johnson

Deja Vu: Ohio State's Quarterback Competition is Just Like it Was in 2014


Most people like to compare the quarterback battle at Ohio State this year to 2015. Buckeye Wire’s Terry Johnson looks at Ohio State’s quarterback competition and explains how it’s deja vu from 2014 instead.


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Deja Vu: Ohio State’s Quarterback Competition is Just Like it Was in 2014

Relax, Buckeye fans, everything will be just fine at the quarterback position this fall. After all, we’ve been here and done that.

That’s right, the battle under center is a case of déjà vu, reminding us of the 2014 season, in which Ohio State won the national championship.

The competition under center this season is an awful lot like it was back then. In 2014, the Buckeyes lost Braxton Miller – arguably the best quarterback in school history at that point in time – in the preseason. Ohio State had two talented options behind him in Cardale Jones and JT Barrett, but neither had played much at the collegiate level. With so much inexperience under center, many experts thought that the Buckeyes had no chance to win the Big Ten – much less qualify for the College Football Playoff.

We all know how that turned out. Barrett won the job and guided the Buckeyes to an 11-1 record. When he went down with an injury, Jones led the team to three straight victories, highlighted by blowout wins over Wisconsin and Oregon.

There’s no reason to think that the same thing won’t happen again in 2018. While it’s a little bit different (e.g. Barrett graduated whereas Miller was sidelined with injury), it’s very similar to the 2014 campaign. Much like that season, Joe Burrow, Dwayne Haskins, and Tate Martell have very different skill sets but give the offense the ability to do different things. In addition, there is very little separation between the top contenders just as there was in 2014 (and 2015 for that matter).

In other words: there’s no reason to panic about the quarterback situation this fall. Unlike a lot of other schools (e.g. TTUN), this isn’t a situation where a coach has to choose between the lesser of two evils. Instead, Urban Meyer has to pick the most talented player from a group of three inexperienced – but talented – signal callers.

That’s a problem that a lot of coaches wish they had.

 

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