It’s the topic everyone can’t get more of. Who’s going to be the starting quarterback for Ohio State? Will it be Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow or Tate Martell? The writers at Buckeye Wire are ready to debate on who they believe would start if there were a game this weekend. Ready. Aim. Fire …
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This is all fun and games right now because we’re just coming out of spring and still almost five months before a decision has to be made, but at some point, we’ll know who the starter is under center for Ohio State.
The good news in all of this? All three guys vying for the job are good enough to take the Buckeyes to the promised land, or so we think. But, one might be a little better equipped to do so.
So we are posing the question to our writers in our weekly Buckeye Cry Piece: If there were a game this weekend, who would you start, and why?
Terry, you have the soapbox first …
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I’ll go with Dwayne Haskins, who I feel gives the Buckeyes the best chance to win.
That’s not a knock on Joe Burrow or Tate Martell. Both quarterbacks played extremely well in the spring and proved that they can lead the team to victory if given the opportunity. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the coaching staff uses either (or both) as a change of pace option to mix things up.
With that said, Haskins should be the guy. He’s the most polished passer of the three, completing 70.2% of his throws last season. This pinpoint accuracy will keep opposing defenses honest and prevent them from loading the box to stop the run. That would give the OSU offense it hasn’t seen since the final games of the 2014 when Cardale Jones took the reins.
In addition, Haskins is the only quarterback on the roster that’s played any meaningful snaps. Sure, Burrow has more experience than Haskins. However, all of his career passing attempts came in situations where Ohio State was leading by 15 points or more. By contrast, Haskins entered The Game when the Buckeyes were in a dogfight with TTUN. He completed 6 of 7 passes in that pressure situation, sparking the team to a come-from-behind victory.
It’s hard to argue with those results, which is why he’d start for me if the season opened today.
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I hate it when I do this, but I agree with Terry. The good news is that any of the three are talented enough to get the job done, but Haskins has proven himself already in a big game setting as Mr. Johnson so accurately notes.
What’s more, Haskins has the arm strength and accuracy to be the salt to Ohio State’s pepper in the run game. He can not only find and throw a veteran receiver group open, but he can take the top off the defense which will keep those dreaded press man-to-man coverages at bay a bit.
You know, the same ones that seem to give Urban Meyer offenses trouble.
He’s a good option no matter how you slice it, but with what Ohio State has coming back at the skill positions, it makes even more sense to go with the kid that can see over the defense and can pick out a bevy of talented receivers and backs without looking to pull it down and run prior to going through progressions.
And I think he becomes an all Big Ten type performer instantly in the Urban Meyer/Ryan Day/Kevin Wilson offense.
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Well, I guess I’ll make it a hat trick. I too think the job is Haskins to lose. And really for all the same reasons you both mentioned above.
I’ll take Terry’s thought about using more than one quarterback a step further and say that Tate Martell would get some snaps if the season started this weekend.
While Martell didn’t look overly impressive throwing the ball (and he didn’t look bad either), he was particularly impressive on the read option. And we know how much Urban loves the read option.
I’m not saying I agree with the two quarterback approach, I just think we’ve seen it before with Meyer. I really only remember it working with one other combo, that being Chris Leak and Tim Tebow at Florida. But Tebow may be the best all around college player in history, at the very least, top five. I’m not ready to put Tate Martell in that category just yet.
Personally, I’d rather see him go with one guy and stick with it… and I believe that guy will be Dwayne Haskins.