If coach Urban Meyer has his way, only two Ohio State players will know who'll be the starting quarterback before the Virginia Tech game. Meyer said he plans to tell J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones on Saturday which one has won the starting job. He expects those two to keep it to themselves.
If coach Urban Meyer has his way, only two Ohio State players will know who'll be the starting quarterback before the Virginia Tech game.
Meyer said he plans to tell J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones on Saturday which one has won the starting job. He expects those two to keep it to themselves.
"That won't be announced to anybody, not even the team," Meyer said Thursday on his call-in radio show on 97.1 The Fan.
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Meyer said he met with Barrett and Jones on Wednesday and let them know who had the edge. He added the competition remained "so close."
"I told them that both would play at some point, maybe not this game, but throughout the season," Meyer said.
Jones had a scare on Wednesday night when he was taken to Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center with a severe headache. He was released after being examined.
"It was a migraine, I think," Meyer said. "He had it in high school once or twice."
According to Meyer, Jones said the pain was an 8 on a scale of 1-10.
"He's doing much better now," Meyer said, adding that Jones was expected to practice on a limited basis on Thursday. "He's fine."Hubbard to start at DE
Redshirt freshman Sam Hubbard will start ahead of Jalyn Holmes in place of the suspended Joey Bosa at defensive end against Virginia Tech, Meyer said.
"Sam right now is the first guy in," he said. "Jalyn Holmes has not been quite as consistent as Hubbard is, but he's certainly talented."
Hubbard is a former lacrosse star from Cincinnati who was tried at linebacker and tight end last season.Kickers still dueling
Meyer said he still hasn't settled on a field-goal kicker. Incumbent sophomore Sean Nuernberger has faced an unexpected challenge from Jack Willoughby, who transferred as a fifth-year player after graduating from Duke.
Willoughby did not kick field goals at Duke. Instead, he was a kickoff specialist, the job that Kyle Clinton held last season. But his long-shot bid to unseat Nuernberger gained steam when he made consecutive 60-yard field goals in practice. It has been a close competition since then.
"Jack might start," Meyer said. "We haven't made a final decision. (Today) is field-goal day (in practice). That'll be the final opportunity."
Nuernberger made 13 of 20 field-goal attempts last year. He was only 5 of 10 from between 40-49 yards.In remembrance
Ohio State will join Virginia Tech in wearing the same helmet decals honoring the two Virginia television journalists who were killed in an on-air shooting on Aug. 26.
Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward of Roanoke, Va., station WDBJ were killed by a former station employee.
"Ohio State expressed a desire to show its solidarity with Virginia Tech in remembering the vibrant lives of Alison Parker and Adam Ward," Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said in a statement. "Coach (Frank) Beamer and I both agreed it was a wonderful gesture on the part of Gene Smith, Urban and the Buckeyes."
The decal will have the No. 7 (for Channel 7), teal and maroon ribbons and the initials of the victims.