"Who is going to be Ohio State's starting quarterback?"
-Ari Wasserman, Northeast Ohio Media Group
Urban met with the media today while in Northeast Ohio for a youth football camp, and of course was asked about the quarterback situation. While of course dodging the question ("I'm in vacation mode") Meyer did say that Braxton is close to full speed; also adding the J.T. Barrett is at 95% right now. Meyer also added that the competition for the quarterback spot will be intense when fall camp begins.
While I'm fine with any of the three starting, how Urban and the staff negotiate fall camp will be very interesting; because the quarterback competition can't last the entire camp. Sooner or later the team will need to start prepping for Virginia Tech, and will thus need to know who is taking the first team reps at quarterback. My only wish is that the staff choose a quarterback and stick with them as the season begins. Using a guy in certain spots and packages is fine (like Braxton taking a direct snap and making 9 guys miss), I just don't want to see quarterbacks rotating on a series to series basis.
"Fifteen preseason All-Big Ten picks, eight preseason All-Americans and at least two Heisman contenders."
Ohio State is loaded with talent across the board; and as such are expected to take care of business in the Big Ten again in 2015. That being said, the two most likely challengers to Ohio State's conference supremacy figure to be Michigan State and Wisconsin. Each are pinning their hopes on a pair factors that could help them close the talent gap: experience and home field advantage. The Spartans, according to Phil Steele will be the most experienced team in the conference this fall, while Wisconsin is dominant at home.
Truth be told though, it is hard to see these factors having an effect on Ohio State this season. I will take outright talent over lesser-skilled players who have been around longer any day; and the Buckeyes would only see Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. On a neutral field. We know how that ended last year.
"Meyer will play in the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game."
-Bill Landis, Northeast Ohio Media Group
Meyer has already thrown out pitches in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and New York this summer, and will now participate in the this game as part of All-Star weekend. It makes sense. Meyer was drafted in 1982 out of high school as a shortstop, and is of course an Ohio native; which counts for something with the game being in Cincinnati this year. And really, being an Ohio native always counts for something. I pick Urban's team to win.
"The amount of talent on the Ohio State football team is absolutely staggering."
-David Regimbal, Bleacher Report
I love reading these kinds of articles in the middle of the summer. They go really well in between envisioning the Buckeyes putting up 847 yards of offense against the team up north and picturing Urban hoisting another national championship trophy. Regimbal does, however, have some good points in regards to current Ohio State players and next spring's NFL Draft. It is not too far-fetched to picture Cardale, Elliott, and Bosa being the first players taken at their positions.
As for me, I am still betting on Braxton, J.T., and Cardale going 1, 2, 3. I just don't know the order yet.
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