Elliott stays busy while sidelined

No one had more fun Saturday at Ohio State’s spring game than running back Ezekiel Elliott.

The star of the Ohio State’s run to the national championship last season and one of the Heisman Trophy front-runners in 2015 didn’t play because he’s still recovering after undergoing wrist surgery in February.

Elliott kept busy, however. He wielded a selfie stick like a pro before, during and after the game at Ohio Stadium. He won the fastest-student race at halftime, showing off his world-famous abs in the process.

The only person who might have had as much fun as Elliott was safety Tyvis Powell because he intercepted his roommate Cardale Jones in the first half. Jones tackled Powell along the sideline, and Powell got up and mimed taking a selfie with Jones.

“He’s still the rookie, and I’m the vet,” Powell joked. “I wanted to humiliate him because if it was the other way around, he would have did it to me.”

Jones completed 19 of 42 passes for 304 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, leading the Gray team to a 17-14 victory over the Scarlet team.

“That wasn’t a Cardale day,” Meyer said. “He played behind a makeshift offensive line. I can give you a bunch of excuses, but he’s got to be much sharper than that. He had a very good spring, though. You didn’t necessarily see that today.”

Position battle: Meyer lifted the curtain a bit on how he will approach the quarterback competition in the preseason. He said earlier in the week he wanted to name a starter by the middle of camp. In the first few weeks of camp, he wants to have a system in place to chart everything the three quarterbacks do.

“We’ve kind of done it, but not to the degree we’re going to do it this year,” Meyer said.

Meyer doesn’t want to make a decision based on a gut feeling.

“It’s got to be statistical analysis and data,” Meyer said. “backing up who is going to play quarterback.”

Looking ahead: The Buckeyes open the 2015 season on Monday, Sept. 7, at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. They play their home opener five days later against Hawaii. Ohio State has not announced game times for any of its games.