Gentlemen, start your speculation.
Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins were both assigned to the Gray team for the 2018 Ohio State Spring Game.
The coaching staff put the first team offense on Gray and the first team defense on Scarlet.
While it was Tate Martell who started the game for the Scarlet on the game’s first possession, it was Haskins who took the field with the Gray offense first on the game’s second possession, with Burrow on the sidelines. Burrow did enter the game a few plays later on the same possession.
The two quarterbacks have been battling for the starting job all spring. The coaching staff has been rotating Burrow, Haskins, and Tate Martell for all 15 practices, giving each player about the same number of snaps.
Speculation about the position has been a hot topic across Ohio since the end of the Cotton Bowl.
Haskins was widely perceived as the front-runner after he came off the bench to lead the Buckeyes to a come-from-behind win over Michigan.
However, Burrow was considered the likely backup to J.T. Barrett before he broke his hand during practice last August.
How much does it mean that Burrow took the field first? We’ll know more after the game ends, and should have a much better sense for exactly where the race stands soon.
Burrow is on track to get his degree in May, and has the option to be a graduate transfer this summer. That would allow him to move to another school and play football this fall.
Urban Meyer knows that Burrow is facing a choice, and has said that he owes the quarterback a decision on the starting job soon.
We will have complete coverage of the Spring Game, including interviews with all of the quarterbacks after the game.