In what was not a surprise, Urban Meyer announced at the Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon on Monday that Dwayne Haskins will likely be Ohio State's starting quarterback in 2018.

This was assumed by almost everyone, but Meyer had not said anything about the quarterback situation since the departure of Joe Burrow from OSU's program.

Per, this is what Meyer said at the luncheon:

“This is really the first time I’ve talked about this since the spring game, but as of now it looks like Dwayne Haskins will get the first opportunity to be the starter. Dwayne is a young guy that came in against our rivals and did a heck of a job. You go back and watch that again, he came in on the first drive and took us down the field and scored on that first drive against that defense. So he’s got a great release, he’s got good size and he’s a mobile-enough quarterback.”


It is interesting to hear Meyer talk about Haskins' performance in the Michigan game and how that earned him a lot of respect among the coaching staff. A lot of Bucknuts subscribers had been debating for months whether too much emphasis was being placed on Haskins' play in Ann Arbor. But Meyer certainly thinks it was a big factor in Haskins ultimately winning the job.

The "mobile-enough quarterback" is also an interesting statement from Meyer. Reading between the lines, Meyer is saying that there will be less zone-read from the Buckeyes compared to the J.T. Barrett era, but when Haskins does need to run, he is no slouch.

Meyer says the first things he looks for in quarterbacks is toughness and leadership, so it will be interesting to hear him speak about Haskins in greater detail when he next meets with the media. He has not done so since right after Ohio State's spring game on April 14.

As for Haskins' passing ability and how Ohio State's offense will look different this season, here is what I wrote about the situation last week:

The first thing it means is Ohio State will have the best passing threat at the quarterback position since Troy Smith in 2006. And frankly, this would have been the case even if Burrow had stayed and beat out Haskins for the job. But Haskins’ arm talent is better than Burrow’s.

In fact, Haskins will be the best NFL prospect at the quarterback position at OSU in several years. At least back to Bobby Hoying who was a third-round pick in 1996. And I would say Haskins will eventually be an even higher draft pick than that. I expect him to one day be the first Ohio State QB to be selected in the first round since Art Schlichter back in 1982. Don’t bet the house on it – especially you, Art – but I am confident Haskins will shine as Urban Meyer’s starting QB, and will be an early-round NFL draft pick.

The days of opposing defenses crowding the line of scrimmage and daring the Buckeyes to throw are over. If you do that with Haskins, you’ll be watching your defensive backs get beat for touchdowns. He can make any throw on the field, and he does it with poise that defies his age and experience (see: Nov, 25, 2017 in Ann Arbor Mich.).

I am also confident in saying we are going to see a lot less zone read from the Buckeyes this season, which is saying a lot considering that has been Urban Meyer’s bread-and-butter throughout his coaching career. But with two running backs that have reached 1,000 rushing yards in a season on the roster in J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber, I think OSU will use less QB keepers and will hand off to the RBs when they want to run the ball. We will obviously still see Haskins run on zone-read plays just to keep the defense honest, but it will be vastly different than what we witnessed with J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller of course. The offense will look a lot more like OSU’s postseason offense in 2014. And that worked out pretty well last time I checked.

So, there you have it. After months of debate, Meyer informed Buckeye Nation who his starting quarterback will be.