The Football Fever: QB battle appears to be wide open race


COLUMBUS -- So the battle to replace the most productive quarterback in Ohio State history is underway as spring football heads into week two for head coach Urban Meyer.

We spoke with all three candidates on Thursday with Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell seemingly unanimous on the matter of each getting a fair shot including Martell who reminded reporters, "I didn't come here to sit on the bench."

Haskins appears to have a slight edge because of his effort to rally the Bucks against Michigan in the State Up North last fall. J.T. Barrett left the game with a knee injury with Buckeyes trailing but Haskins rallied OSU to that win.

Quarterback coach Ryan Day said "it's pretty much what have you done for me lately," during post-practice interviews with reporters Thursday.

Haskins is seen as the top passer of the three but was asked if he's O-K with running for crucial short-yardage first downs when Meyer routinely calls on his quarterbacks to move the chains in that scenario. "He did that to me one of the first times I played and I got the first down so I'm good there."

Joe Burrow admitted he's slightly annoyed by continual mentions that we might transfer if he doesn't win the starting job. "I hear that stuff all the time...I haven't even thought about that. I'm trying to win the job. You try to find a way to be a leader and find that niche but we're all trying to do that."

The Ohio State spring game is April 14th in the Horseshoe.

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