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Urban Meyer Issued A Major Update On Ohio State's Starting QB Situation

A closeup of Urban Meyer clapping before an Ohio State football game.

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Ohio State's quarterback situation is a lot clearer after what happened last week. Former Buckeyes' QB Joe Burrow announced that he had opted to transfer out of the program.

This leaves Dwayne Haskins as the likely starter behind center for Week 1. Urban Meyer said as much on Monday night.

Meyer had said very little on the subject until Monday night, when he revealed that Haskins will get the first chance to be the team's starter.

In a public appearance on Monday 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.”

Haskins was Ohio State's backup in 2017 behind J.T. Barrett. He played well, especially against Michigan when Barrett got injured.

Ohio State opens its 2018 season on Sept. 1. The Buckeyes are set to take on Oregon State.