In a phone interview with The Dan Patrick Show, Meyer said that “all indications” pointed to quarterback Braxton Miller returning to the program this season rather than seek a transfer.
Miller missed the 2014 campaign with a shoulder injury. In his absence, freshman backup J.T. Barrett filled in and did a great job before sustaining an injury of his own. Sophomore backup Cardale Jones then took over and was instrumental in helping the Buckeyes get to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game and subsequently defeat Oregon, taking home the title as a No. 4 seed.
Long story short, Buckeyes camp is now set to be the definition of quarterback controversy. Miller has thrown for 5,292 yards and 52 touchdowns in three years, but has also run for 3,054 yards and 32 scores. On top of that, the great performances of Barrett and Jones are impossible to be ignored.
Barrett threw for 2,834 yards and 34 touchdowns while running for 938 yards and 11 touchdowns before his injury. Jones, who became famous for a series of anti-academic tweets before becoming a Buckeyes hero, threw for 860 yards and seven touchdowns while running for 296 yards and a touchdown. Needless to say, each of these young men is more than capable of starting under center for Ohio State in 2015.
Ohio State has enjoyed great success in Meyer’s three seasons with the team, going 38-3 and undefeated in Big Ten play. In 2012, the team enjoyed an undefeated season despite being banned from bowl competition.
The fact of the matter is that Urban Meyer is in a position that most coaches can only dream of. He has three incredible talents at one position, and now he has to choose which man will be the one to lead the Buckeyes in defending their title.
One thing is certain. Going into preseason workouts, Ohio State is going to be a team to watch like a hawk.
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