Top-ranked Ohio State answered a number of questions with its 42-24 victory at Virginia Tech on Monday. It did not answer the quarterback question.
Cardale Jones or J.T. Barrett? In coach Urban Meyer’s mind, that’s not settled.
“Yeah, it’s delicate, man,” Meyer said Wednesday. “I don’t know. I do know. Head coach saying I don’t know, boy, that probably sounds bad. All I know is J.T. had one rush for 40 yards and one pass for a touchdown, and was engaged, was leading the team, knew he wasn’t going to take the first snap and talked to the team before they went out.”
Jones completed 9 of 18 passes for 186 yards with two touchdown passes, one touchdown run and an interception. Barrett didn’t play until the fourth quarter and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas on his only pass attempt.
Meyer talked to the quarterbacks Wednesday about the game plan for Hawaii. The Buckeyes play their home opener at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
“They both have to be on call and ready to go,” Meyer said. “I’ve never been in a situation like (this). They’re both pulling for each other. It’s really cool to see that.”
Keeping a secret: Meyer was asked if he was surprised the news of his quarterback choice didn’t leak before the game.
“I’ve told (the media), if your sources are in here, you’ve got a guy fired,” Meyer said, “and if your sources are a player, the kid is never going to play, so I’d be careful who your sources are. Yeah, I think that stays within the team.”
Bosa’s return: Defensive end Joey Bosa has not talked to the media since the announcement of his suspension in July. His coaches and teammates have raved about his attitude in practice ever since. He’ll face a Hawaii offense that allowed one sack in a 28-20 victory at home against Colorado last week.
“Joey’s probably one of the best, if not the best, players in the nation,” linebacker Raekwon McMillan said. “Even though we had guys step up last week — Jalyn Holmes and Sam Hubbard — having him back on the field is going to be fun.”
Kicking competition: Meyer said placekickers Jack Willoughby and Sean Nuernberger will compete for the starting job in practice this week.
Willoughby started the opener and missed a 43-yard field goal. Nuernberger started last season and made 13 of 20 field goals.
“Disappointed right now in our kicking obviously,” Meyer said. “That carries on from last year. We were not a very good field goal team, and we have to get better.”