HOOVER, Ala. — Dan Mullen can sort of relate to his friend Urban Meyer’s remarkable quarterback dilemma at Ohio State. When Mullen and Meyer were at Florida, they had Tim Tebow, Cam Newton and John Brantley at quarterback.
That’s not quite what the Buckeyes are dealing with, though, as Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones make up a starting battle that’s the biggest storyline entering the college football season. It does, however, give Mullen a little perspective on his friend’s situation.
“It’s a good and bad problem to have,” Mullen said Tuesday at the 2015 SEC Media Days. “It worked out to be a good problem for (Ohio State) last year when they needed all three to be stars. I think the tricky part of it is now that they all are (stars) and have played and expect to play, that’s even harder. When I was at Florida, I knew Cam Newton was the real deal but Timmy was playing. … If Timmy had gotten hurt, Cam would have come in and won the championship. And that’s the challenge.”
Mullen wonders if Miller will eventually change positions. If so, “It probably simplifies things out a bit because you’re probably going to play both (Jones and Barrett) because you’ve got to prepare for the same situation. If one goes down, you want to make sure the next guy is ready to play.”
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, who famously yanked quarterbacks during his Gators years, has seen almost everything in college football. He can’t recall anything quite like the Ohio State dilemma. The closest situation Spurrier could recall was the San Francisco 49ers playing three quarterbacks in the 1960s.
“But I think it will work its way out,” Spurrier said of the Buckeyes’ quarterbacks. “I think Braxton, supposedly his shoulder is not where he can quite throw like he used to and he may play another position. So you’ve got two there. I still think the big guy (Jones) is going to be the starter. He runs like a fullback or a linebacker, and (he’s) a good passer.”
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