Meyer’s expectation for Haskins: To be best QB in Big Ten

Ohio State coach praises leadership of new starter

Coach Urban Meyer joked Tuesday about not remembering the name of the Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback who threw 104 touchdown passes and rushed for 43 more scores the last four seasons.

That would be J.T. Barrett — and no one will remember the name more fondly than Meyer.

“I love that guy. Always will,” Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. “What he did for our team inside (the locker room), not many people were aware of. I’ll forever be indebted to J.T. Barrett. That’s how good a person and leader he was.”

» SMITH SITUATION: Meyer explains dismissal of receivers coach

In his seventh season with the Buckeyes, Meyer enters a new phase of his career in 2018 as he turns the offense over to redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who led Ohio State to a comeback victory at Michigan in the 2017 regular-season finale when Barrett left the game with an injury.

As good as Haskins was late in that game, it’s the only meaningful playing time he has received in his college career. That doesn’t mean the expectations will lower for Haskins, who replaces a player who broke almost every passing record in Ohio State history and many Big Ten records as well.

“The position will never change,” Meyer said. “The expectation is to be the best quarterback in the Big Ten, which is very hard because we have some excellent quarterbacks.”

» MEDIA DAYS: Coaches on playoff expansionInjury reports in Big Ten?

Haskins beat out Joe Burrow and Tate Martell for the job in the spring. Burrow transferred to LSU for his final two seasons. Martell will start preseason practices Aug. 3 as the backup to Haskins.

Freshman Matthew Baldwin is the third-string quarterback, Meyer said. Baldwin suffered a knee injury in the last game of his high school career and has rehabilitated at Ohio State since enrolling in the university in January.

“He’s up to 209 pounds right now,” Meyer said. “He’s gained 20-some pounds. He had a tough injury, but I watched him work, watched him throw. I wish we had one more (quarterback), because you like to have four.”

» TOP 10: Two Buckeyes on Most Outstanding Players list

While Meyer reiterated how talented Haskins is, he left open the possibility of Martell pushing Haskins for playing time.

“A lot happens in 30 days,” Meyer said.

Meyer also praised the job Haskins has done as a leader this summer.

“The big word is respect and earned trust,” Meyer said. “It’s the job of a leader. Earn trust. With all due respect to other sports, this is the most unique position in all of sport. You have to understand the entire defense, have to understand all other ten players, what they’re doing on offense. He has to make decisions in split seconds. And, by the way, he’s got people like (Nick) Bosa trying to tear his throat out. It’s very unique position, but he’s done very well. And Tate has done very well, too.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

NBA star Russell Westbrook, wife Nina expecting twin girls
NBA star Russell Westbrook, wife Nina expecting twin girls

NBA star Russell Westbrook and his wife, Nina, announced Tuesday they are expecting twin girls in a YouTube video produced by the Oklahoma City Thunder. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  The video is called "The Westbrook Family." Nina lets out the news they're having twins 2:12 into...
HS Results 9/18: Alter and Fenwick boys soccer tie 0-0

Boys Soccer Tuesday’s Results Alter 0, Fenwick 0 Beavercreek 3, Northmont 0 Bellbrook 1, Eaton 1 Butler 8, Greenville 1 Centerville 2, Springboro 0 Colerain 1, Oak Hills 1 Fairfield 1, Middletown 0 Fairmont 3, Miami Valley School 0 McNicholas 3, Badin 0 Miamisburg 3, Wayne 0 Middletown Madison 2, Carlisle 1 Milton-Union 4, Preble Shawnee 0 Monroe...
Buckeyes on the return of Urban Meyer to sideline: ‘He drives our culture’
Buckeyes on the return of Urban Meyer to sideline: ‘He drives our culture’

Life has returned to normal for the Ohio State Buckeyes in that they will play the remaining nine regular-season games with their head coach, Urban Meyer, on the sideline. His three-game suspension ended Saturday when Ohio State beat Texas Christian 40-28. The Buckeyes went 3-0 with Ryan Day serving as acting head coach and will run out of the tunnel...
Three area teams top regions in first OHSAA computer ratings
Three area teams top regions in first OHSAA computer ratings

Top-ranked Chaminade Julienne and Coldwater joined Bellbrook as the No. 1 teams in their respective regions of the first Ohio High School Athletic Association computer football ratings released on Tuesday. The ratings made their debut after Week 4 games. The Associated Press announced its first high school state football polls last week. CJ and Coldwater...
Cincinnati Bengals sign kicker Bullock to contract extension
Cincinnati Bengals sign kicker Bullock to contract extension

The Bengals on Tuesday rewarded kicker Randy Bullock for his reliability. The Bengals signed Bullock to two-year contract extension through the 2020 season. Bullock was in the final season of a two-year deal. »RELATED: Panthers’ offensive style presents challenges for Bengals Since joining the Bengals during the 2016 season, Bullock has...
More Stories