2014 Season Preview: Ohio State's Quarterbacks

By Johnny Ginter on August 20, 2014 at 9:45a
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett warming up during spring practice.
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Eleven Warriors' 2014 Ohio State Football Season Preview

Braxton Miller... is dead.

I'm kidding. He's not dead. But he is done for the entirety of the 2014 football season, and that sucks. For a variety of reasons, actually, not in the least because he's totally badass on the field. Another reason might be that Kenny Guiton is not walking through the door of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center anytime soon, and yet another reason still is that there really isn't a whole lot of experience behind the 2015 Heisman winner.

A few reasons to be optimistic though: Braxton Miller is still Braxton Miller. Last season saw him grow as both a leader, a person expected to understand the offense, and a reader of defenses. Having him on the bench to help whoever steps into his shoes will be invaluable.

Second, and try not to forget this in the next few weeks, this is still Ohio State. The football team is still coached by Urban Meyer. There is still a hilarious amount of talent on this squad, and the quarterbacks (all of them) are no exception. Predictions of gloom and doom a la 2011 are premature at best.

THE Quarterbacks in 2013

Let's talk about Braxton Miller for a little bit, because it's important to make an appraisal of exactly what the Buckeyes are losing for a significant period of time.

Not going to mince words here: last year and the year before, Braxton Miller was the most dangerous overall offensive threat at QB that Ohio State had had since Troy Smith, and you can make the case that at his peak he even eclipsed the Heisman winner at times. Last season, Miller accounted for 36 touchdowns, 12 of those on the ground. He improved his completion percentage by five points to over 63%, and rushed for over 1000 yards despite missing two games against absolute cupcakes.

Against Michigan he only completed six passes, but still somehow ended up with 286 yards of total offense. The Orange Bowl against Clemson was the first time in his entire career that he threw multiple interceptions in a game.

His command of the passing game was still very much incomplete, but he is easily the greatest rushing Buckeye QB of all time from a pure talent standpoint, and that combined with his general ability to take care of the ball in the air meant that he was a genuine Heisman threat.

But blah blah blah, you know this. Braxton is amazing, has a high ceiling, and is the most exciting stoic guy in the world.

Which is great and all, but since the dude can't go, who does? Well...

THE STARTER & BACKUPS?

One of the greatest tragedies about Kenny Guiton is that we don't get to see him play anymore. There was nothing not awesome about a career backup coming off the bench multiple times to kick ass when no one expected him to even playfully swipe a little cheek, and Kenny G stepped up every single time that Braxton hit the mat.

Ohio State Quarterback Depth
No. POS Name HT WT YR HOMETOWN
16 QB J.T. BARRETT 6-1 225 FR WICHITA FALLS, TX
13 QB STEPHEN COLLIER 6-3 220 FR LEESBURG, GA
12 QB CARDALE JONES 6-5 250 SO CLEVELAND, OH
15 QB LUKE MORGAN 6-2 225 SO LEBANON, OH

His smooth jazz is sadly gone, and with him is gone a program vet whose knowledge of the offense, in and out, allowed him to become the folk hero that he was in Columbus last year. In his place are two young men thrust into a position that they probably had not hoped to be in at this point in the year.

Let's start with sophomore Cardale Jones. Cardale has the most "experience" of the remaining QBs, for whatever the hell that's worth. In three games against Florida A&M, Penn State, and Purdue, he threw three times and ran around a lot. Not really anything that inspires confidence, but he's a bigass dude in the mold of a Terrelle Pryor and hard to bring down. Jones was a Tressel-era target who ended up at Fork Union Military Academy after graduating from Cleveland Glenville, and eventually joined the program in 2012. He still has a ton of raw upside and throws footballs like TOW missiles, but as a passer he still has to develop consistency.

Still, that lack of consistency didn't prevent him from looking like the heir apparent in the spring, and were this 2010, you might look at Cardale and then look at what the offense was and go, "Sure, no brainer." Offensive Coordinator Tom Herman might disagree with you, at least for now.

"The offense moves better when he's in there," Herman said of Barrett. "You can throw all the completion percentages – he's probably completing more balls and making more of the right reads in the run game."

And that's what is likely to help win redshirt frosh J.T. Barrett the starting position since Braxton is otherwise indisposed. Part of what made Guiton so valuable was that he could easily slide into Braxton's shoes and make the offense hum. Barrett is all of six foot one and maybe 225 pounds, but if he's as intelligent and charismatic as he's been hyped to be then those intangibles should make up for whatever physical disadvantages that he has versus Cardale.

For what it's worth, even though Barrett doesn't have the cannon that Cardale has, his throwing motion is smooth as silk and he still has some decent wheels. Certainly not the video game moves that Braxton has, but enough to be a threat and add another weapon in his (and Ohio State's) pocket. More important will be his understanding of the offense and how to make the proper read, and given the time that he's purported to spend in the video room, that might be right in his wheelhouse.

But ultimately, if called upon either Cardale or J.T. would be unknown quantities. They both have huge upside, but that upside becomes much more tangible when talking about 2015 or 2016. Not a few weeks from now. Since Braxton is indeed out, the next guy up will have basically two responsibilities: don't turn the ball over through the air, and conduct the rushing game. And right now, that's why J.T. Barrett has the inside edge on the job. Still, "edge" is definitely the operative word here.

Overview

​Who knows. It's hard not to be doom and gloom during a week where you get told that your Heisman-candidate senior starting quarterback is out for the foreseeable future, and truthfully whatever silver lining for 2014 exists won't be seen until the season actually starts. Maybe Cardale or J.T. will take over and be immediately awesome and this is just a road bump on our way to a national championship.

2013 PASSING STATISTICS
Name CMP/ATT YDS CMP% YDS/A TD INT RAT
JONES, CARDALE 1/2 3 50.0 1.50 0 0 62.6

Or maybe neither of them perform, freshman Stephen Collier is thrust into a job he's not at all prepared for, and Ohio State's offense flounders and eventually tanks.

Probably neither of those things will happen despite Miller going down; Braxton simply means way too much to this offense for his loss to be anything but devastating, but the Buckeyes also have way too many weapons waiting in the wings for them to be completely ineffectual.

What is required is a caretaker QB that can sustain drives, play smart, and facilitate guys like Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall, any of the billion running backs, or even maybe a wideout or two sometimes. If Meyer and company can find that in either J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones, this should still be a very difficult team to contend with, perhaps even on a national scale.

Etc.

  • Cardale Jones was WR Mike Thomas' roomie  at FUMA
  • Please, it is J.T., not JT.
  • Stephen Collier is a big ol' smarty pants, and ended up with a 3.9 GPA in high school
  • There actually is another QB on the roster, a sophomore named Luke Morgan. He's... uh... good. Also: a walk-on. Yeah.
  • Tina_groan.wav
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Vinsaniti's picture

This should be interesting to see J.T. on the field with the "edge" he has.

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gumtape's picture

This team would probably win 8 games with sorry Bellisari at QB, we should be fine. Again, trying to get to the acceptance stage of grief. Which is way better than depression (where wolverines fans have been for a decade).

just another psycho, irrational, delusional Ohio St fan

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tOSUperiour's picture

Any TTUN people I know are still at step 1 or step 2. Denial or Anger.

We don't give a Da*n for the whole state of *ichigan cause we're from OHIO!

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BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Denial. They still believe they are "elite" or even "relevant"

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Bucks1's picture

FYI,  I think Stephen Collier's hometown is Leesburg, GA.  

"I will pound you and pound you until you quit." - Woody Hayes

QBYBuckeye's picture

Didn't Collier narrow his picks down to Harvard and Ohio State before finally becoming a Buckeye?  That tells me he probably has some intelligence.

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BuckeyeJosh's picture

Is Collier redshirting even an option at this point? 

"Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it."     -Woody Hayes

JohnnyKozmo's picture

I think it is, unless they need him due to injury.  Is it something that has to be declared and cannot be retracted at any time?

TMac's picture

Redshirt is something that just needs to be accomplished - that being that a player doesn't compete in a given year - they are allowed to practice just not see the field, and thus they haven't used up that year of eligability.  Generally speaking, if somebody isn't playing against Kent State I would assume that the staff would rather have them around for another year rather than burn the redshirt opportunity. 

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theopulas's picture

no...few games and then decide....playing time determines redshirt ability...

Theopulas

buckeyepastor's picture

Yeah, red-shirting is pretty much something you can declare if you aren't used.  Collier can still be with the team and ready in the case of a dire emergency.   I recall seeing a picture of Troy Smith on the sidelines in uniform during his redshirt season, which was 2002.   

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

DaveStephens's picture

I'm almost positive Troy Smith was in his first year at Glenville in 2002. 

Edit: Second year, he started there halfway through his sophomore year. 

The Dude abides.

Vinsaniti's picture

Honestly, I could see him redshirting next year. You will have Brax back and J.T. and Cardale in the mix, why would you redshirt him this year if this may cause depth issues if any more injuries arise.

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Poison nuts's picture

On Collier redshirting: He needs to be ready to play this year. There's nothing that will need to be declared in advance (re. redshirting). But they'll probably want to keep him out of games to try to preserve his RS options. If at the end of the year he's not played at all, or played only a down or two - then he'd be redshirted.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

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Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

As someone mentioned in a different topic, I believe you dress him every game but plan to redshirt him this year. If you plan for next year, and he doesn't get any relevant playing time this year, then what is the difference? Dress him every game so that he is available if needed, but don't play him unless necessary that way he can redshirt should we not have other injury problems this year.

EDIT: Poison basically beat me to it.. so what he said!

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence" - Calvin Coolidge

CTBuckeye's picture

With little more than a week until the season starts this was obviously a major blow to the offense, but I'd argue better now than 3 games into the season.  Now J.T. (if he's named the starter, which it sounds like he's in the lead for) has some more time to prepare.  If the defense steps up it would allow him a few games to get comfortable, and with enough offensive weapons still surrounding him I'm sure Urban can develop a new game plan to suit his new starter.

"Because we couldn't go for three"

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mh277907's picture

I'm actually really excited. Obviously, this team is better with Braxton under center but when Urban said that the offense would look more similar to the offense they ran when Kenny G was under center and called J.T. a distributor, I envisioned EzE, Dontre, Devin, Curtis, and Co. running wild.

buckeyebobcat

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ARMYBUCK's picture

Im with you 100%. Obviously hes not the same type of athlete as Braxton and lacks his experience but whos to say he cant actually be better in the passing game? Did I really say that? Yes. Yes I did. Only time will tell! Ridiculous amount of talent around him. Im still so pumped!

Buckeye419er's picture

One would assume that now that one of these quarterbacks (presumably J.T.) is no longer a backup and now the starter for the foreseeable future that the "competition" will be put on hold and the coaching staff will key in on the chosen starter to be sure he gets the reps and the attention that he needs to come up to speed with the offense. The time for playing mind games and switching back and forth has come and gone. My money is on JTB4. Nothing against Cardale but I think the fact that neither will replace Braxton's production in the run game, the staff had to choose the best person to distribute the ball to the other play makers on the team. 

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Somebody needs to start getting the majority of the 1st team reps and it sounds like it's going to be JT Barrett.  

sb97's picture

It sucks losing Braxton.  Big time.  But there is a ton of talent on this team and now a bunch of people are going to have to step up and share the load.

SpielmanForPres's picture

Certainly disappointing, but if you can't get up for Buckeye football, you're not a fan. I'm still excited to see the mix of playmakers on offense and a vastly improved defense. We may all be pleasantly surprised by the offensive output by whichever QB is running the show. Bring on the season. 

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Barnsey69's picture

Braxton Miller... is dead.

Good thing you don't work for The Fan, or you would be hitting the bricks...or working at Q-FM-96.

Great write-up, I was very curious about how things might look now with all of the other QB's on the roster...thanks. 

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sharks's picture

I'd still like to see Cardale get significant time under center. Wasn't too impressed by his couple of runs last season- he's a load, but definitely didn't have that elusiveness he had at Glenville (very small sample size, obviously). What a change of pace he could be; built like a LB, fully weaponized arm cannon...

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Squirrel Master's picture

I just don't see how J.T. (I'm still going to use JT without any . because I'm lazy enough) won't score enough. From what I saw in the spring game with many limitations in play calling and a poor Oline was enough to believe he can score on most teams he plays against.

Granted he might not be ready to face a MSU or top team yet but neither was Winston when he started for the first time last year. I can see JT growing into a QB who will be ready come Nov. 8th.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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KevinJ's picture

Didn't pay attention to who wrote this piece but when a read the word dude I knew it was Johnny.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Cardale . . . [is] a bigass dude in the mold of a Terrelle Pryor and hard to bring down. Jones was a Tressel-era target . . .

In other words, Cardale had the ideal body type for standing in the pocket while being protected by a Walrus-coached OL. Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Actually, in Urbz's read option and power zone run game, he's frequently used a battering ram either at QB (e.g., Tebow) or at RB (e.g., his RBs at Utah, El Guapo). 

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Squirrel Master's picture

The Oline might be a work in progress and not at the level it was last year, but it will certainly be better than anything TP ran behind thanks to the Walrus!

I am not concerned about this Oline at all. Nothing could be as bad as that was! Thank G!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

I agree - I have pretty good confidence in the OL. If they were playing LSU or Michigan State in the first 4 or 5 games, with such an inexperienced collection of offensive talent, I'd be pretty worried. But if the offense can stay healthy and make progress during the season, the OL and other parts of the offense should be in good shape by mid-October and possibly really good by November.

The "really good" version of this offense, though, won't be able to declare to defenses "we're gonna run the ball up yer a--" and still hammer away for 6.8 yards per carry, but they won't need to do that if the other skill players take off this season.

Squirrel Master's picture

I will so miss that mentality, "here is what we will do and you still can't stop it!"

but yeah it will be nice to have all the other talent being utilized too. I keep thinking about how awesome Clark, Greene, Dixon are going to be and then I realize I'm not even talking about guys who will be starting this year. I keep forgetting that the top WR is still Devin Smith.

If JT is the passer we are hearing about, Devin could have a hell of a season. He certainly looked great with Kenny throwing to him! (nothing against Braxton of course)

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I'm guessing that the offensive staff will have to work a bit harder to "set up" those deeper vertical throws to Devin Smith and Heuerman. Braxton had a cannon and was underrated as a passer on deep balls. And, of course, defenders were so afraid of Braxton's running ability that they tended to get sucked up the field on fakes, etc. 

Whereas maybe the way that the staff sets up JT and Smith/Heuerman to "take the top off" the defense is by spreading them horizontally and then gashing them with their playmakers using bubbles, slants, sweeps, and quick inside runs. Eventually, maybe the safeties have their heads on swivels not because Braxton just ran up the middle for 50 yards, but because they can't keep track of all the damn weapons running this way and that.

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Squirrel Master's picture

yeah I was thinking a little play action or zone read pass.

From what my limited mind can remember, Braxton is awesome at the deep ball but where I think Kenny, and JT could be, had an advantage on Braxton was hitting a deep slant in stride about 15-20 yards. Braxton could toss it 30 yards no problem to a breaking Devin, but Kenny was hitting Devin before he even got separation more than 15 yards downfield. I think JT could do that and be succesful. I do agree that JT will have to excel at the intermediate throws more than the bombs Braxton would bust out.

Hopefully JT will be great at the across the middle stuff. He looked like he could do it in the spring game. but I do agree that Devin's 50 yard plays won't increase with Brax out. Probably why Devin will need to grow more to and become more than an over the top guy. If he could just catch a 10 yard seam route, he could be awesome!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Good points. I anticipate that JT will be good at hitting semi-covered receivers in stride, but also good at lofting 25-30 yard throws to a receiver that has beaten his man vertically and has time to run under the ball.

Maybe the best chance for JT and receivers to hit big plays, though, is if he's able to find wide open receivers in a split second, get the ball to him accurately, and let the receiver make a move from there. A well-timed and accurate throw to an uncovered Philly = 20 yard gain. A well-timed, accurate throw to an uncovered Dontre = 45 yard gain.

Nutinpa's picture

While there are a couple of memorable passes vs. Wisconsin to refute my point, I think calling Braxton an "awesome" deep ball passer is a bit of a stretch, squirrel.  Yes, he had the capability, but all too often he missed his mark when the chance was there.  I will be happy if Barrett can throw effective slants across the middle as you suggest (although always a risk with a young QB who doesn't see the Safeties creep up) and move the chains and eat the clock.  

If he can do these things while getting the ball in space, in stride to Samuel, Wilson and Marshall, this team will be damn fun to watch.  If he can't...then we'll be drinking a lot of beer this fall!

TURD_BUCKET's picture

Its hard not to see # 5 at the top of the depth chart. 

I love these previews, thanks!

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Braxton is a witch in the open field - capable of taking it to the house on any given play - and throws an excellent deep ball. As Lesmerises said, defenses were ever aware that Braxton was a threat and thus schemed and (over)reacted accordingly. A physical weapon like Braxton cannot be replaced.

For certain aspects of quarterbacking, though, JT might be an upgrade over Braxton - and I don't just mean in the quick passing game and as a "distributor." My impression, based on very limited data of course, is that JT is more "natural" in the pocket and actually has better scrambling ability than Braxton. JT admitted he played like a "chicken with his head cut off" in the spring, but supposedly he's made great progress in that regard in a short amount of time since the spring. His upward trajectory as a behind-the-line-of-scrimmage scrambler is maybe more promising than Barxton's (he'll never be as dynamic running vertically downfield and making sick moves in space as Braxton, but very very few are).

And it's not like JT is a plodder as a runner out of the read option, either. Remember that Guiton - who was just okay as an athlete - was quite effective carrying the ball out of Urbz's/Herman's offense because he had such a great command of the offense and the reads, got the defense off balance with his ball handling, fakes, sense of timing, and his savvy ability to snake through the holes, etc. JT probably won't have Braxton's electric runs, but don't be surprised if he's able to tear off 15 and 20 yard runs here and there.

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alust2013's picture

I'm glad people have at least hit pause on the panic. I fully agree that it sucks to lose Miller, and I pray for a speedy recovery for his sake, but this doesn't seem all that different from a situation that we would face next year had he not been injured. Sure, neither Barrett nor Jones has much in the way of experience, but it's not often that guys do get meaningful experience, ie. not garbage time cleanup, before taking over as a starter. Presumably Barrett is the guy at this point, and I've yet to hear anything resembling the word "suck" as a descriptor for him. If he can step up and lead like everyone seems to be saying he can, I'm not particularly concerned that he will get too jittery either. Also, anyone happen to remember the last QB we had that wore 16? That worked out pretty well.

...and Michigan still sucks.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

I'm not particularly concerned that he [JT] will get too jittery either.

One good thing about this offense is that, early in the game, the QB will often carry the ball in the read option and/or throw a couple of short passes on screens. That stuff can have the effect of getting the QB "in the flow" right out of the gate before asking him to stand in the pocket and throw nerve-wracking intermediate throws into tight windows. 

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

J.T. having a great year will definitely create problems for OSU next year IMO.  What if he leads OSU to the playoffs?  Do you bench a starting QB for a whole year to bring back a damaged Braxton Miller?  What is the offense is more balanced and efficient under Barrett?  Braxton is a legend in Columbus...  Are you willing to sit him if it turns out that J.T. is better?  I'm just looking at this from a positive perspective.  I think J.T. will run our offense just fine and he has plenty of playmakers around him.   There could be a QB controversy in Columbus come July 2015.  

Bamabucknut's picture

I know I think differently from many. With that as a given I would say:

-there can only be one ALPHA, one offensive leader. I know,I know coaches have run teams with two qb's ,including Urban. I cannot imagine  JT who is now..the man,saying ok put me on the bench for a year after I performed so well for you in my first year,and  I will pick up the reins when Braxton isn't elligible to play any more..

-who can say Braxton won't have a similar experience again when he begins to throw next year ?

-who's to say Miller....having been away from game play for 2 years will command the skills and timing he had in his prime ?

My way of thinking.....I wish Braxton the best and a great recovery. It's time for our next star to shine,to be polished,to achieve, TO LEAD.

Only when we have someone prove he can do a better job at qb,should his role be questioned. Right now....we don't have  a better qb than JT. Period. Until someone demonstrates they are better than JT......he's the man.

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CinncyBuckFan06's picture

This makes 100% sense to me. Find your horse and ride it and don't look back!

Barnsey69's picture

What's the back-story on Luke Morgan?

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buckeyepastor's picture

After the Clemson loss, I had resigned myself to and was kind of excited about Braxton's departure, not wanting to see him go but eager to see what the future held at QB for OSU.  Guess I get to see that now.   

I scoffed earlier this summer when it was implied that Shazier's departure could be good for the LB corps because they leaned on him as a "crutch" last year, possibly not having enough urgency and hunger on the field because they knew that they had such a great playmaker alongside of them.   I don't think anyone on the defensive side of the ball really had the luxury of believing that way.  But on offense, I could see where a receiver who ran a somewhat sloppy route or had a poor release, or someone missing a block, might have been able to take it less to heart because they knew Braxton could still make something out of the play in spite of them.   That assurance is gone, but I've gotta think that it brings some urgency and focus to the others out on the field.   If it's true that a great player can be treated like a "crutch" to those around them, Miller's devastating injury could prove a valuable wake-up call.  

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

QBYBuckeye's picture

I love it.  More "addition by subtraction."  Our Pastor is an eternal optimist.  I'm with you.

New York Buckeye

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I completely agree. I was kind of hoping (am I wrong for that) Braxton would turn pro. I've said on this site many times before, I'm a huge BM fan but he's an athlete playing QB. JT Barrett came in a much more polished pure QB than Braxton was when he came in. I'm looking forward to the future. 

QBYBuckeye's picture

My expectation is that BM's injury puts the Virginia Tech game in the danger zone because it is so early in the season, and raises questions about who will be favored on November 8th.  None of us will know what we have until it plays itself out on the field.  I just remember College Football has had a couple of pretty awesome redshirt freshmen lately, and the things that were said about Joe Thomas in the Spring give me hope that he, too, will deliver the goods. 

New York Buckeye

Braxton2Devin's picture

I think Luke Morgan will be the guy to lead this team to a National championship

QBYBuckeye's picture

Jeff Greene was Georgia Tech's leading receiver as a Sophomore and he isn't even being mentioned in the Buckeye depth chart.  What does that imply?  Was GT that bad at WR or is OSU that good?

New York Buckeye

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mphillips87's picture

GT is a triple option team like Navy...they hardly ever throw the ball. 

QBYBuckeye's picture

I understand that, and they even have ex Navy head coach Johnson, but still, GT is a D-1 program with a pretty good tradition.  Greene was the go to receiver when they needed it and he is lost in the crowd at OSU.  It just piques my curiosity and elevates my expectations.

New York Buckeye

Furious George 27's picture

Not sure if anyone mentioned this, but does anyone feel that the current QB situation parallels Meyer's 2nd season with Florida? Minus the expeience Leake had, Barrett is a similar QB and you have Jones who could fill the Tebow role on short yardage.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

Furious George 27's picture

Well Shit. I did not realize there is already a topic posted. Nevermind

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

Buckeyejohn's picture

I think most of the Buckeye faithful have stayed positive over the last 24 hours as we have looked at the ceiling for J.T. Barrett. I know I have heard plenty of Krenzel and Guiton camparisons. This all seems fair game since Barrett most certainly looks the part of a game manager. But I have one question for all the Buckeye fans here: What is the floor for Barrett this year? If Barrett really struggles, what will the offense look like. Could things reach the Bauserman level of offensive offense we saw in 2011? The image of Bauserman running for his life against Miami still haunts my dreams to this day. I pray we never get to that point....

BuckeyeSouth's picture

No way this offense, under Barrett or any other QB on the roster, looks anything like a Bauserman-lead offense.  The emotions of Braxton going down for the season have gone from utter devastation to complete excitement about Barrett but I think the reality is it's going to end up somewhere between the 2 but closer to the latter.  Barrett will be fine, but he'll also make rookie mistakes that will leave everyone scratching their heads.  It might even lead to a loss or 2 which will send the masses nearly to the insane asylum.  In the end it will level off and not be the year we all hoped that it would be but not nearly as bad as it could have been.  I love the current optimism but I'm not sure that will be sustained if the Buckeyes lose a game.  When (or if) that happens we all need to keep our perspectives in check and realize this is still an extremely good team going through a transition.

Embrace it.

Gcar's picture

I hope history repeats itself, a sophomore quarterback leading his team to an undefeated season! That did just happen two years ago, right? Hey, i am looking for positives!

GregC

Bucksfan's picture

After much reflection, the silver lining for me is that I'll be watching every snap on the edge of my seat this season.  With Miller, we all knew what we were getting, and I was probably going to be of the opinion that we're just wasting time until the Michigan State game.

So, I think as spectators we've gained a week-to-week football season that starts in August rather than November.  I'm as guilty as anyone taking touchdowns for granted last year.  This year, they'll probably be a little more surprising.

Kid Buckeye's picture

I feel J.T. will be ok once he gets use to the speed of the game. Hoping our defense has given him a head start on that.