With quarterback Braxton Miller out for the season, Ohio State will likely turn to redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett to be its starter.
The team recently named Barrett the second-string quarterback, overtaking redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones.
"The offense moves better when (Barrett is) in there," offensive coordinator Tom Herman told reporters on Saturday. "And you can throw all the completion percentages and everything else in there, too. He's completing more balls and making more of the right reads in the passing game and more of the right reads in the running game. But at the end of the day, the offense moves better when he's in."
Coming out of Rider High School in Texas, Barrett was rated as the nation's third-best dual-threat quarterback by recruiting website 247Sports and a four-star prospect.
During Ohio State's media day earlier this month, Herman touted Barrett's quick release, efficiency and leadership qualities. He did admit that Barrett's arm strength isn't as good as Miller or Jones'.
Barrett's last pass during a live game was in October of 2012, though. As a high school senior, Barrett tore his ACL and played in just five games. Prior to getting hurt, Barrett passed for 784 yards and ran for 569, scoring 12 total touchdowns.
Jones went to Glenville High School in Cleveland. He played in three games last season, throwing just two passes. As a runner, however, Jones had 128 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
A decision will have be made about Miller's future. After re-injuring his throwing shoulder during practice on Monday, he could take a redshirt this season or decide to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. He first injured his right shoulder against Clemson in the Orange Bowl and had surgery on Feb. 21. Miller sprained his knee in the first series against San Diego State last season and missed the following two games.
Ohio State also has true freshman Stephen Collier and walk-on Luke Morgan as quarterbacks on the roster.