The Ohio State Buckeyes’ season opener is a week away, but head coach Urban Meyer STILL hasn’t announced whether it will be J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones who starts under center against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Speaking to reporters this morning, Meyer even went as far to say that the announcement wouldn’t be made until “when the first guy takes the snap.”
This also has to be an incredibly tough decision for Meyer, as both Jones and Barrett have remarkably similar skill sets. Barrett had the Buckeyes rolling as the initial starter last season, throwing for 2,834 yards and 34 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions while also running for 938 yards and 11 scores before breaking his ankle in the regular season finale against Michigan. Jones then took over and led No. 4 Ohio State to a win over No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff and then No. 2 Oregon in the championship game, throwing for 860 yards and seven touchdowns while running for 296 yards and a touchdown along the way.
The size factor is likely also being considered. Though Barrett has good size at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, Jones is built like a military tank at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds.
Maybe a decision is looming, or maybe Ohio State will use a two-quarterback system in 2015. Either way, Campus Sports will update this story as any new information becomes available.
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