The Ohio State Buckeyes are heading into Week 7 of the college football season with a 6-0 record and the No. 1 overall ranking in the nation. Urban Meyer has to be happy about the record and ranking, but he is still trying to figure out how to fix all of the struggles that his offense has been having.
During this past week’s game against the Maryland Terrapins, Meyer tinkered with the idea of playing both Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett in the game. It worked.
Jones threw for 291 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the game. Barrett was able to come in off the bench and throw for 26 yards while also rushing for 62 yards and three touchdowns.
Meyer obviously liked the dual-quarterback system and asked his two quarterbacks if they would be willing to continue trying it moving forward.
According to a report from ESPN, both of the quarterbacks are just fine with a quarterback rotation if it helps the team win. Jones talked about the situation and about being fine with not being the full-time quarterback.
“Coach Meyer kind of put it on the table just to us, not with the rest of the coaching staff, and he let us think about it for a couple hours, called us back up to the facility and then we were in the room with the offensive staff and him,” Jones said. “We talked about it and he asked our opinions on it, and both of us were completely 100 percent down with the decision that he made.
More than likely the Buckeyes will try using that same system this coming week when they face off against Penn State Nittany Lions in another Big Ten conference game. They know that they can’t afford to let their foot off the gas now, especially as Penn State is coming in full of confidence after blowing out the Indiana Hoosier this past week.
Expect to see both Jones and Barrett get a large portion of the work this week and to see the offense continue thriving with the mixture of them leading the way.
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