What’s the Buckeyes’ backup QB plan?


While they would’ve preferred not having the challenge in the first place, Urban Meyer and his offensive assistants have become quite deft at replacing quarterbacks.  Ohio State is already on QB No. 3, having dealt with season-ending injuries to preseason Heisman favorite Braxton Miller and in-season Heisman contender J.T. Barrett.

Cardale Jones, who was third on the depth chart midway through summer camp this past August, has guided the Buckeyes to wins in the Big Ten championship game and the Sugar Bowl semifinal in the first two starts of his collegiate career.  Should Jones go down with an injury in the College Football Playoff title game Monday night against Oregon, to where would OSU turn?  The running back position, of course.

Jones’ backup/emergency quarterback for the championship game will be Jalin Marshall.  The redshirt freshman, who played quarterback in high school, is second on the team in receptions (33) this season and third among Buckeye backs in rushing (142 yards), but both of his pass attempts this season have fallen incomplete.

Co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner said Marshall would “be efficient at whatever we need him to do” if he were pressed into service.  The current starter said the receiver would take on the role of game manager if called upon.

“We try to keep him locked in with the mental reps when he’s not in at quarterback,” Jones explained. “It’s kind of difficult and hard for him because he’s a receiver.

“We don’t expect him to get in and do things that a quarterback would do, but he should be able to get in and manage the game.”

The only other option, one who would be an absolute last resort, is true freshman Stephen Collier.  Collier, who has mimicked Marcus Mariota on the scout team during the run-up to the title tilt, is headed for a redshirt after not playing in a game this season.

Utah State player upgraded to fair condition after collapse

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Utah State redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Davis is in fair condition on Friday, one day after collapsing at spring football practice following sudden cardiac arrest, the university announced.

Davis, initially was listed in critical condition, was breathing on his own. He is in the intensive-care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Davis’ parents arrived in Utah on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Davis, who is from Carlsbad, California, collapsed at Merlin Olsen Field and was immediately treated by the training staff, the university said. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

The university said Davis was stabilized in the Logan hospital before being moved to Ogden.

Alabama suspends freshman defensive back after drug arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a drug charge.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday after the first practice of spring that Mitchell was suspended from the team “and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and another man, Christophere Lewis, last week on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Lewis also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions,” Saban said. “There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’ve gotta be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a five-star prospect rated the 34th-best player and No. 3 safety in the 247Composite rankings.

Mitchell was driving the vehicle during a traffic stop. After deputies smelled marijuana, Mitchell picked up a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies found “an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash,” according to the department’s Facebook post.