How will Urban reveal starting QB? ‘1st guy that jogs out at Blacksburg’
Barring a leak of some sort in the days leading up to it, you’re going to have to wait more than a month to find up just who will line up under center as Ohio State begins its title defense.
While holding court at Big Ten Media Days, Urban Meyer spent a significant amount of time discussing the blockbuster news from earlier in the day that four contributors, including All-American Joey Bosa, had been suspended for the 2015 opener on the road against Virginia Tech. There were also, understandably, copious amounts of questions regarding the situation at quarterback.
Braxton Miller cleared up some of the mystery earlier this month by announcing that he will be moving to wide receiver/H-back, with Meyer saying today that he will personally coach Miller at the receiver position in the early days of a summer camp that will in the coming days. That move pared the quarterback competition down to two: regular season hero J.T. Barrett and postseason hero Cardale Jones.
As for the process in determining a starter between the redshirt sophomore Barrett and redshirt junior Jones, Meyer stated that he and his coaching staff will be “keeping score of everything” during practices that will begin next week and scrimmages and, well, pretty much anything and everything that can be tracked. The process has actually already begun, the Columbus Dispatch writes, with "[c]oaches... grading Barrett and Jones all summer regarding leadership, academics and the weight room.”
As for when Meyer will reveal who his quarterback starter will be in the game against the only team to beat his title squad last season?
Urban Meyer: "The first guy that jogs out at Blacksburg will be the starting quarterback." Doesn't plan to reveal choice before that.— Brian Hamilton (@_Brian_Hamilton) July 30, 2015
There you have it. Secrecy and misdirection will rule the day when it comes to Meyer dealing with the media and his quarterback situation over the next 39 days.