The Ohio State football is set at quarterback for years to come.
Prior to Dwayne Haskins being named the Ohio State football team’s starter, a legit quarterback competition could have been seen. To do that though, the Buckeyes would have needed more options to consider, which means Joe Burrow would have needed to stay.
Instead, Burrow ultimately decided to transfer to LSU earlier this summer. I do wonder how much of Burrow’s decision led to Urban Meyer going against having a quarterback competition. Haskins will show why he is deserving of the starting gig but competition never hurts.
While it is great to have such talent available at the most important position in football, the Buckeyes could be dealt with another loss in the coming seasons. 2018 is set but the 2019 and 2020 seasons are the unknowns.
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Haskins replaces J.T. Barrett this year. He is only a sophomore so the Maryland native should be under center for quite a while. Security is good but Ohio State continues to add to the position as they should. They already have Tate Martell who redshirted in 2017. Plus, Matthew Baldwin will be on the depth chart, but he is expected to redshirt his freshman season.
Looking ahead, the Buckeyes will add multiple quarterbacks to the mix: Dwan Mathis in 2019 and Jack Miller, who just committed, in 2020. Assuming Haskins plays like the Buckeyes expect, he could leave school possibly leave school after next season.
Regardless of when Haskins’ tenure ends, in the meantime and for the foreseeable future, Martell is going to want his chances to shine as will Baldwin, Mathis, and Miller.
While this is not an issue now given so many options available, in time it will be. Top players especially quarterbacks don’t go to school to just sit on the bench. In addition, Ohio State’s current and future options obviously don’t count toward any other quarterback they add in the next two seasons.
As mentioned, competition is a good thing. For the next few years, the quarterback battles will be very competitive and exciting to watch; even if it is just for the top backup spot.
Ohio State is going to remain in a good spot with their quarterbacks. However, just be prepared to hear about those that miss out on starting or being the top backup in 2019 and/or 2020 to consider leaving for a chance to play.