Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer Gives Update On QBs, Torrance Gibson

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer addressed the quarterback battle between Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett and also said that wide receiver Torrance Gibson is still on the team despite not dressing against Penn State on Saturday.

Ohio State wide receiver Torrance Gibson didn’t earn the right to dress but is still on the team, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer said Monday.

Meyer said Gibson suffered a blow when he was injured in fall camp but has also had some academic issues lately. The four-star prospect out of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage has not played this season after moving from quarterback to wide receiver in an attempt to see the field as early as possible.

Other updates are as follows:

Ohio State senior defensive tackle Tommy Schutt will miss at least the Rutgers game after having wrist surgery, Meyer. He’s been playing hurt and played with a cast on his arm against Penn State but still graded out as a champion.

Defensively, champions were Schutt, Adolphus Washington, Darron Lee and Vonn Bell with Joey Bosa earning player of the game honors. J.T. Barrett and Taylor Decker were the co-offensive players of the game and Michael Thomas, Jalin Marshall, Curtis Samuel, Braxton Miller, Pat Elflein, Jacoby Boren, Billy Price, Nick Vannett, Marcus Baugh and Ezekiel Elliott all graded out as champions. On special teams, Cameron Johnston was the player of the game.

Urban Meyer called the Penn State game one of the best atmospheres he’s ever seen.

Meyer noted that he has an idea of which player will start at quarterback for the Buckeyes vs. Rutgers but still needs to have further discussion and evaluation and wants to meet with the quarterbacks before any announcements. He noted that he and the staff spent a lot of time on Sunday with recruits on official visits.

Meyer said he thought the offense ran better against Penn State with Barrett on the field.

K.J. Hill is still on track to be the next true freshman to play. Meyer said he’s “close.”

Asked about recruiting New Jersey, Meyer said he loves it and views it as similar to Ohio. Cited the strong high school coaches as well as the detail to academics.

Meyer said he thought offensive coordinator Ed Warinner did a really good job preparing the offensive for a Penn State defense that he said is one of the best in the country, especially in run defense. Elliott extended his 100-yard game streak against the Nittany Lions.

Meyer said dynamic players are more important than scheme when it comes to winning games.

Lastly, Meyer said he thinks Barrett is getting back to the way he played last season but again noted that he’s not yet ready to name a starter.

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