Thursday, March 26, 2015

I DO NOT ENVY URBAN MEYER

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer (AP Photo)
COLUMBUS — At the beginning of spring football practice earlier this month, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was asked how he expected the impending quarterback battle between Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones to play out. 

Meyer essentially shrugged his shoulders and said, "I don't know."

And how could he know? 

This situation has never happened in the history of the game — facing a dilemma of having to choose just one player among perhaps the best three quarterbacks in all of college football. 

Which two are you letting down? Which two Heisman Trophy candidate's hopes are you going to dash? Which All-American are you going to make a practice squad player?

Meyer admitted nearly three weeks later that it is beginning to weigh heavily on his mind.

"It's not like receiver, where you can put three of them out there," Meyer said following practice Tuesday in Columbus. "That's the one thing that's weighing a little bit on me. It didn't for a while because you're just so busy. But now I'm seeing what I'm seeing, and I have such great respect for all three guys."

You would think that the three aforementioned quarterbacks would be more enemies than teammates at this point in time, due to the fact that each are battling for the same coveted position. 

You would think it would resemble an episode of Celebrity Apprentice.

But there isn't any bickering going on. No back-stabbing. No finger-pointing.

Nope, just respect.

And that very fact is making the decision extremely difficult for Trump, err, Meyer to decide.

"Everything is positive," Meyer said. "Talent. Quality of people. Value to the program. Investment in the program. Check, check, check, check."

So what's the problem then? Where's the negative?

"Negative?" Meyer said.

"Two people are going to have to watch."

While both Miller and Barrett are limited this spring due to injuries, the real battle is going to begin in August, leading up to the season opener at Virginia Tech on Sept. 7.

A lot of unknown can happen over the next five months.

But that weight on Meyer's shoulders probably isn't going to get any lighter.