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Video: Urban Meyer Says He's Considered Using J.T. Barrett As Red Zone Quarterback

The No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes have a serious red zone offense problem. According to CFBStats, the Buckeyes are No. 108 in the country in red zone conversion percentage, scoring on only 75-percent of their trips inside the 20 yard line, and Football Study Hall has them No. 67 in points per trip inside the 40.

Urban Meyer spoke about the team's struggles near the end zone, and admitted that the staff has discussed and considered bringing in J.T. Barrett as a red zone quarterback, but has not made a decision. Last season, with Barrett starting most of the Buckeyes' games, the team scored on 85.14-percent of red zone trips, and were No. 13 in red zone touchdown percentage at 71.62, a great number.

Here is video from Meyer's press conference, via

Eleven Warriors transcribed another part of the conference, in which Meyer explains some of the team's red zone issues.

"Turnovers and penalties. Ezekiel Elliott goes into the end zone, we get a call-back, and I think we missed a field goal on that one. It's not just one problem, it's a variety of problems."


"As we look at our offense we’re a very explosive offense and if we’re given a confined space it makes things difficult. But I think in the red zone specifically there was a couple plays where it was just one thing. We missed one thing or don’t get the best block on one thing and that kind of confines us a little bit. I think it’s just we have to continue to better execute our offense and take care of what our responsibilities are and we’ll produce better.”

Ohio State is always a big play threat, as Ezekiel Elliott proved time and time again against Indiana, but the Buckeyes are yet to face a great team. If Ohio State can't punch it in against Michigan State or rapidly improving Michigan, things could get dicey.

[Eleven Warriors]