Ohio State’s backup quarterback competition got a lot simpler after Joe Burrow suffered an injury to his throwing hand. With sources telling Land of 10’s Austin Ward Burrow’s recovery time projects to be four to six weeks, Redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins now has a clear path as J.T. Barrett’s backup — for now.
Buckeyes offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson told reporters Wednesday Burrow sustained his injury in practice when “a helmet hit his hand.”
The race was close while Burrow was still healthy, but now the redshirt sophomore won’t get to prove himself for a while.
“When they left it, it was day-to-day close. They were both moving in the right direction,” Wilson said. “Stats in the scrimmages, just like the spring game, have been very comparable. So, one guy gets more reps right now. Does he take advantage of the opportunity? We’ll want to get Joe back to get him in the mix. … Didn’t really talk about (playing them both). They’ve both been redshirted, so we didn’t really talk about it.”
Former 4-star recruit Tate Martell is entering his true freshman season with the Buckeyes, and while he is still behind Haskins on the depth chart, Wilson would not say if Martell will redshirt. That could depend on how long Burrow remains on the sidelines.
“[Burrow]’s a tough enough kid, it’s a surgery-type of deal, so I don’t know how long it will be,” Wilson said. “There’s a timeline where he’s a kid who can come back — he and Dwayne were battling well and it’s unfortunate for Joe. Dwayne needs to take advantage of the opportunity. Then we’ve got to get Joe back and keep him coming and Tate will be in the mix as well.”
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