Not that it's any kind of unexpected outcome, but Urban Meyer did confirm Monday that J.T. Barrett won't play in Ohio State's spring game Saturday.
Barrett was the 2014 Big Ten Quarterback of the Year after a sensational campaign as a redshirt freshman filling in for the injured Braxton Miller. Having not thrown a college pass prior to last season, he blossomed into one of the nation's best quarterbacks and set a slew of Big Ten and Ohio State records, finishing fifth in Heisman Trophy voting.
But Barrett had his own season-ending injury, knocked out of the Buckeyes' regular-season finale against Michigan with an injured ankle that prevented him from playing in the postseason.
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Cardale Jones famously filled in for Barrett in three postseason wins against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon en route to a national championship.
The attention of everyone in the college football world and then some is on Columbus this offseason, where Barrett, Miller and Jones will compete for the Buckeyes' starting quarterback job.
Neither Barrett nor Miller will play in the spring game as they both continue to recover from their respective injuries. Jones, uninjured, will compete in the spring game. Whether that ends up giving him a leg up in Meyer's eyes remains to be seen, though likely there's little in the way of a decision to be made until Barrett and Miller are closer to full strength.