Cardale Jones has been the Ohio State Buckeyes’ starting quarterback this season, but his reign as the first-team signal-caller could be coming to an end soon. According to a report from Joe Schad on Twitter, Urban Meyer is considering starting J.T. Barrett at the quarterback position this week.
Ohio State is currently 7-0 this season and is still ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation. They have been playing better football over the past couple of weeks, although that is the time frame that Barrett has been seeing more playing time. He has put up excellent production in the limited playing time that he has had to work with.
If the Buckeyes want to play around with their quarterback position, this week would be the week to do it as they play a struggling Rutgers football program.
Barrett has completed 61.4 percent of his pass attempts for 249 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions so far this season. He has made the majority of his big plays on the ground, where he has scored five touchdowns to go along with 228 yards. Those numbers may not look amazing, but he is more than capable of making an impact on the game each and every play.
Jones, on the other hand, has completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 1,242 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions on the season. Those numbers obviously aren’t going to get the job done from a starting quarterback with seven games already completed on the season.
Expect to see Barrett get the start this week or at least to see much more playing time. Meyer knows that he can’t afford to hold onto Jones too much longer unless his quarterback can get back to playing the star brand of football that he played at the end of last season.
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