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Urban Meyer Opens Up About Ohio State's QB Competition

Urban Meyer standing with his Ohio State football team during a stop in play.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks onto the field during a stop in play in the fourth quarter against the Fighting Irish during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. Buckeyes won 44-28. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

No college football starting quarterback battles will be watched more closely this year than the one taking place at Ohio State. It should be a heck of a competition.

The race to replace J.T. Barrett will come down to three players - Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell. All three players are capable of becoming very good starting QBs.

Urban Meyer recently opened up about the battle in an interview with 10TV's Dom Tiberi. Ohio State's head coach said the battle is wide open.

"(The QB race) is wide open," Meyer said. "Dwayne (Haskins) finished the season as the backup, did a phenomenal thing on the road, in Ann Arbor. But Joe Burrow is a guy with toughness and ability, then you've got Tate Martell. This time last year he was a fish out of water trying to figure it out. He has grown as much as any player I can remember as far as maturity, as far as buying into our culture."

Haskins is probably the favorite to win the job. He was the backup in 2017 and played really well.

However, both Burrow and Martell are capable of winning it, too. Meyer likes what he's seen from all three guys.

"It's already started. We grade everything. We have a staff meeting today and a big part of that is the No. 1 characteristic of a great quarterback is not hesitation, speed or vertical jump ... it's the competitive spirit of that person. Don't lose. What made J.T. a great player, Tim Tebow, Alex Smith a great player, Braxton Miller .. was the fact that they don't lose. You put Braxton in a situation and tell him to win or lose, he's usually going to win that competitive opportunity," Meyer said.

You can watch Meyer's full interview here.

Ohio State starts spring practice next Tuesday. The Buckeyes' spring game is set for Saturday, April 14.