Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer Happy With Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett

Updates from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer's Oct. 12 press conference, which included discussions on the quarterback battle, Braxton Miller and the black jerseys for the Penn State game.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said that he thinks that the current quarterback arrangement will continue throughout the season.

“I think so, but I’m not writing that in sharpie yet.”

Both Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett were on the receiving end of praise from Meyer, and the two quarterbacks were named the co-offensive players of the game for Ohio State.

Meyer said it’s a potentially “touchy” situation but noted that as of now, the situation at that position couldn’t be better.

He later added that it was “good for that day” but there might be times where it doesn’t go as well. 

Other updates are as follows:

Joey Bosa, Gareon Conley, Eli Apple and the player of the game was Sam Hubbard. “Good young guy, good young player. Incredible future.”

Offensive champions were Braxton Miller, Jalin Marshall, Taylor Decker, Jacoby Boren, Marcus Baugh, Nick Vannett. Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett were the co-offensive players of the game.

The special teams champions were Conley, Marshall and Washington and Craig Fada was the special teams player of the game.

Meyer said his initial reaction was “no” for the black jerseys and then saw the designs and thought they looked OK. He solicited input from leaders on the team and said, “I’m sure you know the reaction.” He also said he hasn’t seen the helmet.

Meyer said he hasn’t noticed any problems as far as players being upset with not getting enough touches, enough snaps, etc. Said he’ll look to guys like Ryan Stamper for feedback in that area.

Although he didn’t want to respond specifically to a question about USC, Meyer said he thinks it’s important for head coaches to have assistant coaches who hold the head coach accountable. He said Luke Fickell, Chris Ash and Mickey Marotti are guys who are willing to let him know when he’s wrong about something.

Meyer said he wants to make sure guys are actually enjoying the wins and doesn’t want the drudgery to pull them down.

When it comes to Ohio State’s high running rate in the red zone vs. Maryland, Meyer said that was because Barrett is a different type of runner than Jones. He said Jones is typically a scrambler more than a guy who can have success with designed runs.

Meyer said that Miller wants to play at the next level and Ohio State takes that goal very seriously. He said he promised Miller they’d do everything they could to help him develop as a wide receiver so he can have a successful pro career. Called Miller “fully integrated” at the position.

Meyer said he thinks Barrett is a player that might play better once he gets on a roll and hopes that getting more game reps will help him improve from his earlier season play. He said that Barrett isn’t the full-time quarterback because he still hasn’t beat out Cardale from a big-picture standpoint.

Meyer said he made no promises to Jones that he would start if he returned.

Dontre Wilson “tweaked” his foot in the Maryland game and had to come out.


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