When the Ohio State Buckeyes start preseason camp later this summer, Urban Meyer has made a decision as who will be the top quarterback.
Redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins will be the starter but Meyer didn’t rule out redshirt freshman Tate Martell from the competition and said there’ll be a competition.
It is down to those two as former Buckeye Joe Burrow transferred to LSU following spring practice.
Haskins earned the opportunity to be the starter for Ohio State with how he performed last season when J.T. Barrett went down with an injury against Michigan, completing 6 of 7 attempts for 94 yards in the Buckeyes comeback victory against the Wolverines. He followed that up with a strong spring including two touchdowns in the spring game.
In eight games last season, Haskins went 40 of 57 for 565 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in what was his first season of game action for the Buckeyes.
His size and arm strength had people flashing back to Cardale Jones from the 2014 season who had the same frame and arm and helped guide the Buckeyes to a National Championship. Meyer recruited Haskins, who was the #4 pocket passing quarterback and #63 overall recruit according to ESPN to Columbus in 2016.
That’s not taking anything away from Martell who should give Haskins a run for that starting position. Martell was a highly touted recruit in the 2017 class out of Nevada and has drawn comparisons to former Heisman winner Johnny Manziel for his style of play.
As of now, I’d personally give the edge to Haskins but wouldn’t be surprised if Martell wins the competition in camp because I know he’s been hungry to get on the field for his opportunity. It should be a fun competition to follow as the college football season gets closer.