TMZ producer claims J.T. Barrett will start Monday

Though the results of the battle have not been made public by coach Urban Meyer, it appears that TMZ has gotten wind of who the Ohio State Buckeyes will be starting at quarterback in Monday night’s season opener against Virginia Tech.

TMZ producer Keith Jackson posted on Twitter that “sources” had told him that sophomore J.T. Barrett would get the starting nod over junior Cardale Jones.

Sources are telling me JT Barrett will be OSU's starting QB — not Cardale Jones #scoopage

— keith jackson (@KeithKjbucket) September 4, 2015

If true, this is certainly something of a controversial decision. Though Barrett played excellently last season before breaking his ankle in the regular season finale against Michigan, Jones came right in and led the No. 4 Buckeyes to wins over dangerous Alabama and Oregon teams in the College Football Playoff. Built like a tank at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, his ability to throw well and use his legs makes him a fine option in Meyer’s offense.

But the fact remains that between the two, Barrett is the stronger leader and that is going to be important as the Buckeyes look to defend their championship. Jones is certain to get playing time in some situations but if Meyer wants to pick a man who will lead the team to another spot in the playoff, Barrett is probably the smarter option.

Just the same, with no final decision made yet, Campus Sports will update this story once the decision is final, that being when Ohio State takes over on offense Monday night.

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