The Ohio State Buckeyes have had an open quarterback competition all offseason between Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett. It has been a very close race and neither quarterback has stood out ahead of the other. Head coach Urban Meyer has released his first official depth chart, and it lists both Jones and Barrett as co-starters at the quarterback position.
This adds a lot of intrigue to the competition, as it means that both quarterbacks will be given playing time during the Buckeyes’ season opener. Meyer is obviously looking to see them against a real opponent, which could help him make a decision on which player to stick with under center moving forward.
It isn’t too terribly likely that Meyer will go with a two-quarterback system throughout the entire year. Both guys are more than deserving of playing time, but using that type of system can cause issues in consistency for the rest of the offense.
Meyer could be doing this for the first couple of weeks in order to get a full-time starting quarterback heading into their Big Ten conference schedule.
No matter what ends up happening, neither of these quarterbacks will have anything to hang their heads about.
Seeing these two players listed as co-starters will also make the Buckeyes’ season opener more intriguing to watch. Assuming Meyer does allow both of his quarterbacks to play, it will mean a bit more on the line for the offense each and every possession.
Expect to see the Buckeyes rotate their two quarterbacks into the game evenly, and for them both to put their best product out on the field.
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