Buckeye Battle Cry: Will Ohio State Be Better With Dwayne Haskins Than J.T. Barrett?

Buckeye Battle Cry: Will Ohio State Be Better With Dwayne Haskins Than J.T. Barrett?

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Buckeye Battle Cry: Will Ohio State Be Better With Dwayne Haskins Than J.T. Barrett?


We all know at this point that J.T. Barrett is off to the next chapter of his life. Many fans called for Dwayne Haskins to supplant J.T. Barrett last year, but will Ohio State actually be better, worse or indifferent with Haskins now pulling the trigger?


Buckeye Battle Cry: Will Ohio State Be Better With Dwayne Haskins Than J.T. Barrett?

It’s a changing of the guard in Columbus with J.T. Barrett off to new things — oh the places he’ll see.

That means for really the first time, Urban Meyer is facing the proposition of breaking in a new quarterback under center this offseason, and that guy appears to be Dwayne Haskins.

You know the story well. Barrett was a consummate leader full of passion and drive, but had far too many inconsistent passing games for the fans to rally behind him at times. Many, in fact, called for Haskins to take over the starting spot last year.

But just how good will Haskins be driving the Scarlet and Gray Harley? Will he be better than Barrett? Our writers discuss in the weekly Buckeye Battle Cry.

Contact/Follow Phil Harrison

I do believe that the Ohio State offense will be better with Dwayne Haskins than what it was with J.T. Barrett, but not because Haskins is that much better of a QB, but rather because his skill set will dictate a different game plan.

Too often, Meyer got too comfortable with the warm glass of milk that was Barrett’s ability to pull the ball down and go get the tough yards. And while, it often worked, teams would gang up on the run and be able to shoot gaps and make moving the ball like a route canal at times.

That won’t be the case with Haskins, not because the 6-3, 214 pounder is lead-footed, but rather because he’s a pocket guy that has good accuracy and ability to go through his progressions. He can pull it down and get some yards when he needs to, but not like Barrett, and he’d prefer not to.

You add that with the talent at wide-receiver and running back, and there’s no reason to install a game plan that’s heavy on the predictable Q-runs. That’s why I believe this year has the potential to be one of the most dynamic offenses Meyer has ever had.

Contact/Follow Mark Russell

This is a tough one. J.T. was such a leader on the field and off. Coaches know there are some intangibles that just can’t be replaced with skill.

I feel fairly certain it was those intangibles that prompted Urban Meyer to give Barrett the nod over Cardale Jones when Braxton Miller went down with injury prior to the 2014 season. Cardale was clearly the more gifted athlete, but scored pretty low everywhere else.

Judging by what we’ve seen in a very small body of work, Dwayne Haskins has all the tools to be a great quarterback at Ohio State. If Haskins is smart, and I think he is, he has spent the last two years not only learning the offense, but learning what it means to be the quarterback at The Ohio State University. And he couldn’t have had a better mentor in J.T. Barrett.

Assuming all the best here and seeing what the Bucks have coming back… I say yes, Ohio State will be better with Haskins under center in 2018. And I also believe no one will be cheering louder than J.T. Barrett. Because that’s what great leaders do.

Contact/Follow Terry Johnson

Yes, Ohio State will be better with Dwayne Haskins under center.

That’s not a knock on J.T. Barrett. Sure, I know there are some conspiracy theorists out there that think that Joe Burrow was actually better than Barrett, and that Urban Meyer played him strictly out of loyalty. However, by setting a Big Ten record for career TD passes, Barrett proved to everyone that he was a great college quarterback.

With that said, the Buckeye offense will improve with Haskins at quarterback.

While I realize that it’s a limited sampleHaskins showed us in The Game that he will bring something special to the offense this fall. Whether it was connecting on a 20+ yard pass third down (which he did twice) or making a nice scramble to set up a touchdown, Haskins has the moxie to keep the chains moving. He’s the type of player that makes everyone around him even better.

And, let’s not forget that OSU returns a ton of talent at the skill positions this year. Both JK Dobbins and Mike Weber are back, while the Buckeye receiving corps is arguably the best it has ever been. 

That, my friends, is why I agree with Braxton Miller’s comments.

 

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