Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been mum on his team’s quarterback race all offseason. On Monday, he reportedly said what has looked to be apparent for the last few months.
Most people expected Dwayne Haskins to win the starting job for the Buckeyes. That outcome looked more likely last week when quarterback Joe Burrow transferred out seeking more playing time.
In a public appearance today at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club in Canton, Meyer confirmed that Haskins will get the first crack at the starting job. Redshirt freshman Tate Martell is his top competition.
Reporter Joe Scalzo of the Canton Repository detailed Meyer’s comments.
“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.”
In 2017, Haskins was J.T. Barrett’s top backup. He looked good in limited duty, with his best effort coming in the regular season-ending win over Michigan.
Against the Wolverines, Haskins threw for 94 yards and rushed for 24 more. He shut up a few Michigan defenders in the process.
Now, Haskins has the inside track to be Ohio State’s starter when the Buckeyes open the season against Oregon State on Sept. 1.