Who will be the Ohio State football team’s starting quarterback in 2018 following the departure of J.T. Barrett? While that has a question that ha loomed over the Buckeyes program all offseason, head coach Urban Meyer has finally provided the first bit of clarity about the quarterback competition.
While appearing at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club in Canton, Ohio, Meyer revealed the current pecking order under center.
Dwayne Haskins is currently the leader in the clubhouse to win the starting job, while redshirt freshman Tate Martell is his top challenger for the No. 1 gig.
From Joe Scalzo of the Canton Repository:
“This is really the first time I’ve talked about this since the spring game, but as of now it looks like Dwayne Haskins will get the first opportunity to be the starter,” Meyer said. “Dwayne is a young guy that came in against our rivals and did a heck of a job. You go back and watch that again, he came in on the first drive and took us down the field and scored on that first drive against that defense. So he’s got a great release, he’s got good size and he’s a mobile-enough quarterback.
“It is going to change how we attack defenses.”
If that is the way the depth chart remains through the summer, we will see Haskins line up with the first team offense when Ohio State opens its 2018 campaign against Oregon State on Sept. 1.