The two-quarterback system has really worked out well for some teams in the past and for others it has gone by the wayside. Both J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones had their share of success with Ohio State in 2014, but that didn’t come because they were playing under that type of system. The two guys vying for the starting job in 2015 want to keep it that way.
SI.com reported late Wednesday night that both Jones and Barrett have said that they wanted there to be a true winner in the quarterback competition and would rather not split their playing time. They agree with each other that one will start and the other won’t play unless needed in 2015.
“I don’t think it would be as efficient,” Barrett told ESPN’s Austin Ward. “I did that in high school and switched every series … and that’s kind of tough to do being that you can’t get into a rhythm, get a real vibe off the defense.
“I don’t think it’s a great idea,” Jones said. “I don’t think you could get in a rhythm. In a two-quarterback system, if I run three plays and run off the field and J.T. runs out for a drive, I don’t know how well that would work with rhythm and timing with guys.
Head coach Urban Meyer could possibly see things a different way. During the 2006 season with the Florida Gators, his team won the national championship while playing both senior Chris Leak and freshman Tim Tebow periodically throughout the year. He knows that the system can work with the right pieces in place and both Barrett and Jones are more than capable of running the Buckeyes’ offense, whether it be together or alone.
Whatever may happen between now and the start of the season, the only for sure things are that Meyer has the final say and at least one of the two will play in the first game. This is going to be an exciting couple of weeks.
The Buckeyes open the season on the road as they play the Virginia Tech Hokies on September 7.
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