Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer Says J.T. Barrett Will Start If He Practices Well

Updates from Urban Meyer's press conference on Monday.

If J.T. Barrett has a good week of practice he’ll start against Illinois, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said Monday.

Addressing Barrett’s suspension, Meyer called it a “serious mistake by a guy who’s lived most of his life mistake-free.”

He said that it’s never easy to decide between two quarterbacks but Barrett feels like the better choice right now. Meyer added that Cardale Jones and Barrett are different types of runners. “He gives you an added element of the double option in the offense,” Meyer said of Barrett.

Other updates are as follows:

Braxton Miller has a sore neck and didn’t practice Sunday. Meyer grinned when asked if the talk of Miller having a bigger role was a smokescreen and said, “Nothing happened, it’s just how the game went.” He also said that Miller is capable of throwing but hasn’t done it much in practice, noting that what happened last year is still fresh in Miller’s mind.

When talking about the Minnesota game champions, Meyer said he thinks Denzel Ward might be developing the same way that Vonn Bell once did.

Parris Campbell is “questionable” to play against Illinois and Meyer said he’ll know more about Dontre Wilson later this week.

Meyer called Jalin Marshall one of the best punt returners in the country.

Meyer said at this point in the season there’s a balance between doing what you do best and also adding other wrinkles that teams haven’t seen on film yet.

Ohio State-Michigan State will be at either noon or 3:30 p.m., an OSU spokesman said following the press conference.

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