Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said Cardale Jones is the team's starting quarterback over J.T. Barrett

Though Cardale Jones has started the first two games for Ohio State, head coach Urban Meyer didn't use the word "starter" to describe him until Monday.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer laid out the status of Ohio State's quarterback situation Monday.

"Both of them get reps (in practice)," Meyer said. "Both of them will continue to get reps. The approach I've taken is Cardale started. He's the starting quarterback. I met with him yesterday. J.T. has not beat him out yet. He's going to continue to have opportunities to do that because J.T. is a very good player and Cardale's got to perform.

"Neither played that well Saturday, but a lot of it was extenuating circumstances about protection."

The Buckeyes are coming out of their first game since September 2013 without a passing touchdown. On the season, Jones is 22-37 for 298 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown. J.T. Barrett is 9 for 16 for 96 yards and a score with 47 rushing yards.

Jones has started each game with Barrett coming in in relief in the wins vs. Virginia Tech and Hawaii.

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