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Urban Meyer Not Ready To Name Ohio State's Backup Quarterback

With J.T. Barrett locked in as the starter, Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins are battling to be Ohio State's backup quarterback.

Ohio State's spring game Saturday was more of a quarterback showcase, with the focus placed on sophomore Joe Burrow and redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins. That duo played most of the game, while starter J.T. Barrett threw 12 passes early in the game.

Burrow finished the annual scrimmage with 14 completions on 22 attempts for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Haskins, who played for both the Scarlet and Gray squads, went 25-for-37 passing for 293 yards and three more scores. Neither player threw an interception and both showed the ability to complete deep passes.

With two comparable performances in the spring game, head coach Urban Meyer said he won't be naming a No. 2 just yet.

"I want to watch the film and have conversations with our coaches," Meyer said. "We haven't had that yet. I know it was very close. But I'm not prepared to say who is two, who is three, etc., yet."

Burrow, for his part, kept his cards close to his chest when asked who the backup quarterback should be.

"I'm just focusing on getting better every day, doing what I can do," Burrow said with a sly smile.

Burrow as the No. 2 last season while Haskins redshirted, but the younger of the signal callers impressed during bowl practice. Now with both competing during spring practice, it looks like the battle to backup Barrett will carry over into fall camp.

One thing is clear, though: both players have the talent to play at Ohio State, and they both showed plenty of progression as passers this spring.

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