Ohio State coach Urban Meyer waited until the last possible moment to unveil the Buckeyes' starting quarterback for the 2015 season.
It ended up being Cardale Jones, who took the field over J.T. Barrett when the Buckeyes offense began its first drive, as SportsCenter noted. Barrett would wind up playing in the fourth quarter once the Buckeyes' 42-24 win was no longer in doubt.
No clear leader emerged leading all the way up to tonight, as Meyer impressively kept his choice under wraps.
Brandon Castel of The-OZone.net shared an image of the depth chart on Sept. 2 showing Barrett and Jones both listed at the quarterback position:
Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch passed along comments from Urban Meyer on Aug 31, who said "there's a chance" both Barrett and Jones will feature in the team's season opener against Virginia Tech.
Here's how the remaining options performed during the title-winning 2014 campaign:
|J.T. Barrett vs. Cardale Jones: 2014 Stats|
|QB||Completion %||Yds/Att||TD-INT Ratio||Passer Rating||Yds/Carry|
|Barrett||64.6||9.0||3.4 to 1||169.8||5.5|
|Jones||60.9||9.3||3.5 to 1||160.2||4.1|
"People say those things and sometimes it's not genuine," Meyer said. "This one is very genuine. … They encourage each other, they push each other. It's unique. … It's one of the most refreshing competitions I've ever witnessed."
Having two reliable quarterbacks is obviously a much better situation than being caught without anybody you can count on. That said, it does have the potential to create headaches because the urge to make a quick hook if one is struggling is always there.