The J.T. Barrett era is officially over at Ohio State. The longtime quarterback exhausted his college eligibility this season, meaning it’s time for Urban Meyer to find the new face of his program.
Dwayne Haskins, Barrett’s backup last season, is widely expected to be the front-runner to land the starting gig, but don’t count out Tate Martell. Meyer spoke glowingly of the freshman in an interview with 10TV’s Dom Tiberi.
“This time last year he was a fish out of water trying to figure it out. He has grown as much as any player I can remember as far as maturity, as far as buying into our culture,” Meyer said.
You can watch Meyer’s entire interview here: https://www.10tv.com/article/meyer-discusses-contract-extension-quarterback-race-2018-season
Barrett’s replacement will certainly have big shoes to fill, whomever it ends up being. Barrett threw for 3,053 yards and 35 touchdowns against nine interceptions this past season, which was capped by a win over USC in the 2017 Cotton Bowl.
Martell was a 4-star recruiting, according to the 247 Sports Composite. The recruiting website rated him the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the No. 2 player in the state of Nevada for the class of 2017.
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