Jones has completed 56.5 percent of his passes for 334 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, the latter being the biggest reason Urban Meyer considered benching him this weekend against Western Michigan. The team has a defense that has played exceptionally well and typically doesn’t allow many big plays to opposing offenses. “So we’re going to get that fixed”. “If we can do those three things consistently each week, we’re going to have a chance for success”, Ash said. We didn’t play well. Jones went just 4-for-9 for 25 yards with two interceptions in a 20-13 win over Northern Illinois last week, yielding to Barrett in the second half.
“Let’s be clear. I did go with one guy”.
“He was the quarterback of the team when we finished the season previous year”.
An NFC personnel director believes Ohio State redshirt junior QB Cardale Jones would have been a first-round pick had he declared for the 2015 draft. “The back-up is a very good player, whomever that may be”, Meyer said. At his Monday press conference, when he talked of not having decided yet on Jones or J.T. Barrett, Meyer explained that “no one has beaten out the other”.
Co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash said, “I think it starts with the players that we have”.
Opening holes for running back Ezekiel Elliott is Ohio State’s forte but getting him to second line of the defense has been not been easy. “He’s doing fine. If someone says he isn’t carrying enough, I can’t answer that”.
One player who I thought would make a huge impact in the game was wide receiver Kenny Golladay, a transfer from North Dakota who shocked NIU fans with stellar numbers in his first two games.
Weber had surgery for a torn meniscus during preseason camp. But his subpar performance in wins against Hawaii and Northern Illinois led Meyer to make a call to Barrett in the bullpen.
His suspension means that Cameron Burrows and Marshon Lattimore will get more playing time when OSU uses five defensive backs.