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Ohio State back-up QB race sees a top contender emerge

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Few schools can probably testify to the value of a quality back-up quarterback the way Ohio State can. Starting quarterback Braxton Miller missed playing time early in the 2013 season, which meant the Buckeyes needed Kenny Guiton needed to keep the offense moving. He did so with flying colors. So with Miller out of spring practice after having a medical procedure on his throwing shoulder prior to spring practices, the playing time the potential back-up quarterbacks in Columbus are getting is not to be taken lightly. Early on, it seems as though Urban Meyer likes the way sophomore Cardale Jones is performing.

“Cardale — you talk about a changed guy,” Meyer said according to The Columbus Dispatch. “He was a guy who couldn’t get out of his own way a couple of years ago. Now you’re starting to see big progress in the classroom and (elsewhere). You remember the famous tweet? He’s a different guy. He had to be a different guy, or he wouldn’t be here.”

Meyer was referring to a tweet Jones shared in 2012, in which he infamously said “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play football, we ain’t come to play school, classes are pointless.” A year and a half later, Meyer believes Jones has matured and is taking his role on the team and in the university more seriously.

Jones is competing for the back-up position behind Miller with redshirt freshmen J.T. Barrett. Barrett is coming off a knee rehab that occurred in his senior year of high school. Meyer says Barrett has gotten off to a slow start but is making progress.

From the sound of it, Ohio State looks as though they will be moving in to the fall with Jones backing up Miller.

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12 Responses to “Ohio State back-up QB race sees a top contender emerge”
  1. spunhead73 says: Mar 20, 2014 10:53 AM

    Miller is overrated. Noodle arm,and his accuracy sucks.

  2. huskerguy says: Mar 20, 2014 11:42 AM

    Hopefully he has a “tutor” for English. Good. Lord.

  3. mediocrebob says: Mar 20, 2014 1:09 PM

    “I didn’t come to ohio state to play school. Came here to play football”.

    Yeah ,Urban. I’m sure he’s a completely different person 2 years later. On the bright side, he seems to be a perfect fit for an Urban Meyer led team. Some things never change. Another Glenville scholar athlete.

  4. floriosbigtoe says: Mar 20, 2014 1:40 PM

    He’s write. I meen, who need skool?

  5. adambruce88 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:03 PM

    ok, ok, now the big question CAN HE THROW god knows Miller can’t.

  6. handsofsweed says: Mar 20, 2014 5:41 PM

    Well, it appears that you’re still the same delusional, annoying, braying jagoff that you were two years ago, mediocrebob.

    As for Cardale? We’ll see, I guess.

  7. dkhhuey says: Mar 20, 2014 6:41 PM

    Thanks for the laughs folks! The amazing amount of coaches and talent scouts on here is astounding – especially spunhead… put down the crack pipe dude, your killing braincells you can’t afford to lose! Miller’s stats paint a much different picture!

  8. mediocrebob says: Mar 20, 2014 7:25 PM

    I never said either of them are bad quarterbacks. Miller is a beast and I’m sure Jones will be good as well. If you’re trying to dispute anything I said, give it a better effort than that.

  9. sulkaman says: Mar 21, 2014 9:07 AM

    Until the Buckeyes return to the days of dominant defense we aren’t going to win a championship no matter the QB.

  10. michaelcarol75 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:25 AM

    mediocrebob is a delusional most of the kids coming out of Glenville can play and has brains too, Ted Ginn Jr…Troy Smith.. remember them ? you could not carry there shoes Les alone play football…these kids are just that kids and make mistakes we all grow up…mediocrebum.

  11. mediocrebob says: Mar 21, 2014 10:33 AM

    First of all, if you’re going to call someone dumb, at least lets not be making spelling and grammatical errors. Reread prior to posting.

    Secondly, rather than make personal attacks, try to use something other that ,” they’re just kids. Kids make mistakes”. That’s a tired excuse. And you’re blindfolded.

  12. huskerzfan says: Mar 25, 2014 10:54 PM

    Miller can run.

    That is not a shocking aspect for any team facing the Buckeyes.

    The reality is that Braxton has not won many (if any) games with his arm. Run Braxton run is nice, but against their toughest competition Braxton has fell short.

    Mainly because he has serious issues in throwing the football. Serious issues past more than 5 yards downfield.

    And yes, Nebraska fans know all about a QB not being able to throw a football forward with a pulse that can actually scare a defense.

    I don’t see Braxton and tOSU winning the Big 10 this year. I just don’t see him as good enough, and Urban puts a lot on his shoulders to be the guy to win games for them.

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