CFB AM: There’s a brilliant way for Ohio State to use all three QBs
Urban Meyer has the best kind of problem a football coach can have.
He has too much talent.
The biggest question, by far, entering the 2015 season is how Ohio State’s quarterback race will play out.
After Cardale Jones announced Thursday he will return to Ohio State for another year, the Buckeyes have three great QB options in Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Jones. They can’t ALL come back to Columbus, right? This would never work, right?
Wait! We have a model for this.
Welcome to the three-QB Princeton offense and the gloriousness that is Ivy League football:
Can you imagine Ohio State doing something this wild?
Here is Braxton and Barrett running the option. Here comes Cardale in motion on an end-around only to sling it 60 yards downfield to a wide-open receiver. Here is Cardale blowing up a blitzer while Braxton and Barrett pull off the best flea-flicker you’ve ever seen.
OK, Urban. Get in the meeting room and give us the greatest three-QB attack football has ever seen. This will be too good.
THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota officially declared for the NFL Draft on Wednesday, saying in a statement, "I will miss being with my teammates. Being a part of this team was something special that I will always treasure."
Ducks coach Mark Helfrich said in a statement: "It’s been an honor to watch Marcus develop over the last four years, and I’m excited to see what his future holds. He’s given this program everything we could have asked, and he’ll be the standard by which others are judged. Mahalo."
Secretly, and selfishly, I was hoping Mariota would come back for one more run, but this is obviously the smartest business decision. Best of luck, Marcus. It’s been a blast.
2. While we lose Marcus, we gain another legend: Coach O is back in the game! Ed Orgeron is joining Les Miles’ staff at LSU as the new defensive line coach, Bruce Feldman reports. Perfect spot for Orgeron to do his thing and recruit the South again.
3. Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett has some wise advice for current Buckeye RB Ezekiel Elliott about the voices calling for the sophomore to be allowed to turn pro. Clarett’s message: You can’t beat the NFL system, so don’t even try.
THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
1. Couple other coaching notes from Feldman: TCU’s Kenny Perry is heading to Kansas to become the co-defensive coordinator on David Beaty’s staff, and Missouri’s Alex Grinch is going to Washington State to be Mike Leach’s new DC.
2. As expected, Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott is returning for his senior season. The Bulldogs will be really interesting in 2015. Running back Josh Robertson is gone and they have a new defensive coordinator in Manny Diaz, who has plenty of work to do to improve the unit Geoff Collins left behind when he moved to Gainesville, but they should be in the thick of a deep SEC West again. Miss. State was so excited about Dak’s return, by the way, that they made a video about it:
3. Some huge news for Utah, as the Utes prepare for a Pac-12 South run in 2015: Running back Devontae Booker has decided to come back to school rather than go to the NFL. “Over the break I had the decision of a lifetime to make about whether to go to the NFL or stay in school. I talked to my family, friends and coaches on the decision and I’ve decided to stay at the University of Utah for my senior season,” Booker said in a statement. “I will earn my degree in sociology this spring and further my education in a minor in something else that interests me. I am excited to see what this season has ahead for the team and me, and this should be another great year for our program.”
THREE THINGS YOU MAY LIKE TO KNOW
1. Ty Duffy looked at the viewership numbers of various bowl games to see if the playoff had any negative effect on the rest of the playoff landscape. As it turns out, there wasn’t much difference in TV viewership from last year to this year; the biggest change was simply confirming that the playoff games will draw huge numbers. The playoff’s effect on the sport, I think, is more anecdotal than anything — the playoff feels more important than anything else, so we give it more attention. But I always thought that if you give fans LSU-Notre Dame during the holiday season when they’re craving for football, they’re not any more or less likely to watch that game because of the playoff. The best part of bowl season still is that we get compelling matchups, which fans will watch or not, but not because of the playoff.
2. An LSU fan, who is said to have sold game-worn cleats and gloves on eBay, told police he would rather go to jail than rat out the player who supplied the gear. So the police did, booking him on counts of principal to theft and possession of stolen things; he posted $3,000 bail. According to the police report, he told authorities, “Do what you have to do. I am not going to be responsible for ruining someone’s career.”
Two things: 1) Damn, LSU fans REALLY want to win an SEC title in 2015 2) the story says police are now trying to recover the cleats and gloves that were sold on eBay, since that’s against university policy — don’t we have better uses for our law enforcement?
3. This is pretty funny: SB Nation’s Jane Coaston, a Michigan fan, writes about the pain of watching Ohio State win the national title.
The Columbus police department is doing an internal investigation into why officers used pepper spray and tear gas on Ohio State fans Monday night after the Buckeyes won the national title. A couple images of fans getting maced while standing on the sidewalk — seemingly abiding the law and causing no issues — were enough to warrant a review, the Columbus police chief said.
Have a great Thursday, everybody.
Teddy Mitrosilis is an editor and writer for FOXSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TMitrosilis and email him at email@example.com.