Even a potential future Buckeye, five-star defensive line prospect Micah Parsons, got in the act Saturday night, writing that Ohio State should replace Barrett with redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins. The next day Parsons apologized on Twitter.
“My fault about J.T,” he wrote.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer heard about Parsons’ Twitter post. He cautions his players to take care with their comments — whether they come in interviews or on social media platforms — because the Buckeyes don’t need headlines.
That somewhat explains his comments Saturday after the 31-16 loss to Oklahoma and on Monday in his weekly press conference. Everything Meyer says creates a headline, but he could have created a bigger one by benching Barrett. Instead he reiterated that he won't bench his fifth-year senior for Haskins or redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow.
“Any decisions about any personnel is strictly who gives us the best opportunity to win, whether it be right guard or quarterback,” Meyer said. “It’s always been the case, and right now it’s not even a question.”
Meyer does want to get the backup quarterbacks playing time soon. Burrow, who was throwing passes before the game Saturday less than three weeks after breaking a bone in his hand, appeared in five games last season. Haskins and true freshman Tate Martell have never appeared in a game for the Buckeyes.
“The term game ready is used quite often around here,” Meyer said. “That is: is Dwayne game ready to help us go win a game? If we feel he is, then he’ll go into the game. And the third quarter of Oklahoma is not the right time to do that. At some point we’re hoping if he continues to grow up and get some game experience then you can evaluate it there.”
Notes: Ohio State announced Monday its Sept. 23 home game against UNLV will start at noon and be televised on the Big Ten Network. Five of the eight games that follow do not yet have start times. … Wide receiver Austin Mack hit his head on the turf after a catch in the second half. Meyer listed him as probable for the Army game.