The Football Fever: The battle to replace J.T. Barrett is a crowded field
COLUMBUS -- Three capable and highly recruited quarterbacks are still on the roster at Ohio State; sophomore to be Dwayne Haskins, junior Joe Burrow and freshman Tate Martell.
All three in pursuit of the starting quarterback's job as J.T. Barrett exits with almost 40 Ohio State and Big 10 records.
Haskins said he watched Barrett closely this season to determine how to handle certain situations. "I learned a lot," Haskins told ABC-6 after the Cotton Bowl. Haskins is a 6-4 protypical pocket passer with a big arm and said he believes the team has confidence in him. Haskins rallied the Buckeyes in the regular season finale after Barrett suffered an MCL tear in his knee.
Burrow broke his hand in training camp and fell behind in the chase to back up Barrett. Burrow said he was throwing just six days after surgery. He played in just four game this season but was a 78% passer in limited duty during the 2016 season. The 6-3 junior to be said of starting jobs at Ohio State, "they don't hand those out. Competition makes everyone better."
Martell is an intriguing athlete, who some have speculated could play another position at OSU while he waits his turn at QB. The Las Vegas product ran the Buckeye scout team for much of the season to sharpen his skills every day against the number one defense.