Urban Meyer and Ohio State have a problem. It’s a good problem, but it’s still a major issue that won’t be resolved for a while.
The Buckeyes boast three championship-caliber quarterbacks in Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, a luxury unheard of seemingly at any level. The competition for the starting job is undoubtedly fierce, and whomever takes the No. 1 spot will absolutely deserve it.
But senior linebacker Joshua Perry mentioned something both intriguing and terrifying, as noted by ESPN’s Joe Schad.
Ohio St LB Joshua Perry says he believes all three QBs will play at some point this year with possible package/s for non-starter.
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) April 19, 2015
Wait. Hold on. Back up. That’s scary. But it’s reasonable, too.
Miller is a dual-threat weapon, having amassed 5,292 yards and 52 touchdowns through the air, adding 3,054 yards and 32 touchdowns with his legs. A shoulder injury sustained prior to the 2014 season-opener sidelined Miller for the year, however, which opened the door for J.T. Barrett.
All Barrett accomplished as a redshirt freshman was a Big Ten Conference record for total touchdowns, racking up 45 combined passing (34) and rushing (11) scores before a fractured ankle prematurely ended his year. Cardale Jones then stepped in for Barrett at the most important time of the season.
Jones did nothing but excel. In three appearances—the conference championship and a pair of College Football Playoff games—the redshirt sophomore tallied 742 passing yards and five touchdowns, 90 rushing yards and one score. Oh, and he led the Buckeyes to a national title.
Even if Miller isn’t the starter, he can be used in Wildcat formations. Barrett is the purest passer of the group, though he’s an excellent runner, too. Jones, a 6’5″, 250-pound beast of a football player, can be utilized in short-yardage sets while still providing a legitimate passing threat.
Ohio State is already the favorite to win the championship. If the trio can figure out a way to coexist on the field, the Buckeyes will have the most versatile, dangerous and terrifying quarterback unit in the NCAA.
How’s that for a problem?