Dwayne Haskins or Joe Burrow? History indicates who Ohio State’s starting QB will be

Published: Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 3:32 PM

Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins tries to avoid a tackle during the spring game on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff
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Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins tries to avoid a tackle during the spring game on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff(HANDOUT/David Jablonski/Staff)

If the only thing to go by were the spring game, Ohio State’s choice for starting quarterback would seem to be pretty obvious. 

Joe Burrow made the best case to be the man this fall, completing 15 of 22 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns while Dwayne Haskins Jr. was 9 for 19 for 120 yards and two scores as well. 

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Of course, there’s more to football than raw numbers, and those can be deceiving at times since there are 21 other players on the field who have a say in what happens. 

Nonetheless, Burrow’s line would probably be enough for me to choose him as the starter despite a handful of jaw-dropping throws from Haskins. 

Again, that is if we were choosing based only on what happened Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium. 

Since there is much more to consider, I still tend to think the starter on Sept. 1 when Oregon State comes to town will be Haskins. 

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I take Urban Meyer at his word when he says the battle was too close to call throughout the spring and the reason was that everyone (including third-stringer Tate Martell) played well rather than because no one proved worthy. 

The spring game confirmed all three have the tools to handle the position even though all three have different skill sets. 

That Haskins arm is hard to ignore, but Burrow still produced more explosive plays in the spring game so how much of a difference does that really make? 

The biggest factor could end up being that Haskins ended last season No. 2 on the depth chart. 

There is no indication he did anything to lose that spot, though Meyer said he and his coaching staff would sit down next week and see how all of the plays they charted during spring add up. 

That data will play a big part in the ultimate choice, as will intangibles, knowledge of the offense and raw ability. 

Meyer praised Burrow for his toughness and leadership, and he said his arm and delivery have improved since he became a Buckeye. He scrapped his way to Columbus from Athens, where he came within a whisker of leading his high school team to the state championship his senior season. 

Although Burrow was a four-star recruit, he has painted himself as an underdog overall based on that point of origin. 

Meanwhile, Haskins is the golden-armed four-star prospect who signed a year later out of Maryland. He can do things with the ball few players can. 

More importantly, though, Haskins also has a come-from-behind win over Michigan on his resume. 

Haskins entered cold in Ann Arbor last fall when J.T. Barrett’s knee failed him, and he delivered with a handful of excellent throws while the running backs and defense did the rest. He also had a key scramble despite not being known for his legs. 

I don’t know if there is an official measurement for moxie out there we can all agree to use, but Haskins showed an awful lot of it that day. 

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Here the 2015 Ohio State quarterback derby is also instructive when it comes to trying to predict what Meyer will decide. 

He ultimately chose Cardale Jones over J.T. Barrett at the beginning of that season, and he didn’t cite Jones’ superior physical ability or say he was clearly better in practice. Obviously, ability to run the football wasn’t a factor since that would have pointed to the starter being Barrett. 

Meyer reasoned that since Jones had finished the previous season as the starter, he should stay in that position until he lost it or someone clearly overtook him. 

If he follows that pattern, Haskins would seem to have a clear advantage. 

That win at Michigan is a heck of a trump card, too. 

But only time will tell. 

Perhaps all that practice data will paint a clearer picture than perception has created at this point. Maybe those numbers will cause a starter to jump off the page. 

Maybe that will be Haskins. Maybe it will be Burrow. 

Complicating matters is Burrow’s potential to transfer if he isn’t named the starter. He said it would be a very difficult decision to leave, but I don’t think in this day and age many Ohio State fans would blame him for looking for an opportunity to play elsewhere. 

The Scarlet and Gray machine always churns on anyway. 

And yet after Burrow produced a clearly better line Saturday, there’s plenty of reason to think he could have done it during the 14 practices that preceded the spring game, too. 

But that Haskins arm, right? 

And that win at Michigan? 

I suspect those will be harder to ignore when all is said and done. 


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Scoochie Smith helps lead Cavaliers to Summer League quarterfinals

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 8:12 PM

WATCH: Plays from the senior season of Dayton guard Scoochie Smith

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith turned in his best performance so far Saturday in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nev.

Smith scored 15 of his 17 points in the last seven minutes in a 92-87 victory over the Houston Rockets, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament. His tie-breaking 3-pointer with 4:21 to play gave the Cavs the lead for good.

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Smith made 6 of 12 field goals, 3 of 5 3-pointers and 2 of 2 free throws. He added three assists and a rebound in 18 minutes.

Cleveland is 4-1 in the Summer League. It will play Toronto or Charlotte in the semifinals on Sunday at at time to be announced. The championship game is Tuesday.

Smith had several highlight-reel plays featured by the Cavs on Twitter.

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Scoochie Smith helps Cavaliers advance to semifinals of NBA Summer League tournament

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 9:48 PM

WATCH: Video of Scoochie Smith's clutch shots in overtime at Davidson.

Scoochie Smith’s run with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League will continue for at least one more game.

Smith, the former Dayton Flyers point guard, had 10 points, two assists and four rebounds in 26 minutes Sunday as the Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 82-68 in the quarterfinals of the Summer League tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.

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The Cavaliers will play the Los Angeles Lakers in the semifinals at 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN2.

On Saturday in the quarterfinals, Smith scored 15 of his 17 points in the last seven minutes in a 92-87 victory over the Houston Rockets.

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Reds prospects show their talents in Futures Game

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 7:04 PM

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: Hunter Greene #3 of the Cincinnati Reds and the U.S. Team pitches in the fourth inning World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: Hunter Greene #3 of the Cincinnati Reds and the U.S. Team pitches in the fourth inning World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)(Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Dayton Dragons pitcher Hunter Greene topped 100 miles per hour on his first seven pitches in the Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

However, another Cincinnati Reds prospect, Taylor Trammell, overshadowed Greene by winning the Larry Doby Award, which goes to the game’s MVP. He’s the first Reds prospect to win the honor.

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Greene and Trammell played for the United States team, which beat the World team 10-6.

Greene pitched 1 1/3 innings for the United States team, allowing one run on two hits with one walk and a strikeout. His fastest pitch reached 103.1 miles per hour.

White Sox prospect Luis Alexander Basabe, the first batter Greene faced, hit a home run.

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Greene is 3-7 with a 4.69 ERA in 16 starts for Dayton. He has 80 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings.

Trammell, of the Single-A Daytona Tortugas, hit a home run in the sixth inning to give the USA a 6-5 led. He tripled and scored in the eighth inning.

Trammell is hitting .295 with six home runs and 29 RBIs for Daytona.

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Report: Reds have expressed interest in long-term deal for Scooter Gennett 

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 4:26 PM

What to know about Scooter Gennett

Will Scooter Gennett still be a Cincinnati Red at the end of the month? 

That is a question that has been asked for much of the season, and it might have a new answer — one a lot of fans will probably like

"Just from the talks that I've had with the guys in control of all those things, I feel like they want me here. I feel like, just from what I've been told, they want me here for the long term," Gennett told MLB.com on Friday. "What I'm getting is [CEO Bob Castellini] wants me here for a while. When it comes to all of the trade stuff, it would be going against what I've been hearing.” 

Gennett, a Lebanon native, is having his second straight great season with the Reds

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This one earned him a trip to the All-Star Game

He has become both a fan favorite and a potentially valuable trade chip along the way, and Reds general manager Nick Krall was noncommittal in the same story from MLB.com

"If there is something out there that makes your club better going into the future and long haul, you have to explore every possibility. With that said, he's been one of the most productive players in the National League over the last year-and-a-half. We'd like him as part of this club. We think he's a valuable part of this club.”

On Sunday, national baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal reported the Reds have had “minimal talks” about a contract extension.

As a native of Southwest Ohio, he has called getting to wear a Reds uniform a dream come true and said he would like to be in Cincinnati for a long time

However, the general assumption has been he (and others) would likely be traded as the team continues to add assets to build for the future. 

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The team also will need to make room for top prospect Nick Senzel at some point, though not until next spring because he is out for the rest of the season after tearing a finger ligament. 

Senzel can play multiple positions, and the possibility of moving Gennett to the outfield was floated earlier this season. 

Making a long-term commitment to Gennett would certainly be a signal to fans the Reds believe they are done rebuilding after languishing in last place for most of the last four years. 

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