Deja Vu: Ohio State's Quarterback Competition Similar To 2015?

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Deja Vu: Ohio State's Quarterback Competition Similar To 2015?

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Deja Vu: Ohio State's Quarterback Competition Similar To 2015?


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 Similar to 2015?

 

Terry Johnson has already showed how the quarterback battle between Dwayne Haskins, Tate Martell and Joe Burrow compares to 2014, but a case could also be made that it has some earmarks of something we saw in 2015.

I know there’s a lot of folks that know a lot about college football pointing to all the differences between 2015 and this year, and yeah, they’d be right.  There are clearly differences, just like every year.

But to think that there’s no similarities at all would be foolish as well.

Just like 2015, this quarterback battle is the thing that keeps all Ohio State fans up at night. They yearn for news on how its going, who’s leading, and are left trying to figure out what the offense will look like with a new signal caller.

Then you had Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones. Granted, those guys were all proven veterans more or less, but it was still a three-headed race between guys all capable of performing at a Heisman-type level.

And I believe that’s what you have here too.

Haskins was the seventh rated QB prospect in 2016 and showed his salt in The Game. Tate Martell was the National Gatorade Offensive Player of the Year in 2017, and Joe Burrow was the eighth rated QB prospect in the class of 2015 that set all kinds of records for accuracy in Ohio — putting up ridiculous numbers throwing and running the football.

And just like 2015, the race appears to be as razor thin as a Michigan fan’s confidence in Jim Harbaugh these days. They’re all three getting significant reps with the first team, and not one coach has alluded to any of the three separating during the spring.

So yeah, there are similarities. Not from an experience standpoint, but as an intriguing and close competition that may not be settled before the spring is over.

And that, right there, is one thing that we should all hope is not similar to 2015. To this day, many still believe Urban Meyer’s biggest coaching mistake during his time in Columbus was letting that competition go on well into the season.

He finally went with J.T. Barrett, but did it play into the loss to Michigan State at home in the rain? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, the team didn’t seem to hit its stride until it went to Ann Arbor and dismantled the Maize and Blue.

It continued further with a whooping of a top ten ranked Notre Dame team, but by then, it was one-loss more than the Buckeyes could afford to be a part of all the College Football Playoff fun.

Let’s hope that this thing is settled before OSU kicks things off fall camp, and most especially prior to the team christens the season against Oregon State on September 1.

Any way you slice it, there are similarities here between 2015 and 2018. The team doesn’t have a starter named yet, the spring calendar is winding down, and it’s the main storyline of this team. It will more than likely go into the fall — maybe beyond.

And Just like 2015, it’ll no doubt be one of the main driving forces of how far this team goes.

 

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