Urban Meyer still doesn’t know who Ohio State’s backup quarterback will be in 2017, but there’s no doubt that he feels quite comfortable with his starter.

The Ohio State football coach said in his news conference Monday afternoon that J.T. Barrett is a clearly improved player as his final season approaches.

“His accuracy and his energy level right now are incredible,” Meyer said. “He’s providing that energy for everybody. He’s always done that but I can tell he’s got complete ownership of that offense. His relationship with (new quarterbacks coach) Ryan Day is incredible.”

As for the backup battle between Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins Jr., Meyer said it’s still close to call. He said that a scrimmage on Saturday could separate the two. He added that he is happy with the progress of both. Burrow served as Barrett’s backup in 2016 while Haskins redshirted in his first year on campus.

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Meyer said that true freshman Tate Martell has been impressive but indicated that he’s behind Burrow and Haskins.

Burrow and Haskins met with reporters after Meyer’s session. Neither would venture a guess about who leads the competition.

As for the right guard spot, Meyer said a leader has emerged but declined to identify him. He said that Malcolm Pridgeon, Branden Bowen, Demetrius Knox and Matthew Burrell were the top four candidates.

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