The throw that may have won Ohio State’s quarterback battle: Doug Lesmerises

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nearly flat-flooted, taking half a stride with a blitzing linebacker sidling toward him in a spring game when no Ohio State quarterback was worried about truly absorbing a hit, Dwayne Haskins ripped the ball through the air and showed why he’s different.

Joe Burrow moves the offense. Tate Martell runs and cuts like a dynamo.

But the arm. That throw. Those possibilities. 

All spring, Urban Meyer has described the Buckeyes’ quarterback battle as changing day to day, practice to practice, sometimes play to play. Saturday’s spring game showed the rest of us what Meyer was talking about.

There’s a chance that the Buckeyes put three of the best eight or so quarterbacks in the Big Ten on the field for their final event of spring football. There’s Trace McSorley at Penn State and Clayton Thorson at Northwestern and Alex Hornibrook at Wisconsin and Brian Lewerke at Michigan State and Shea Patterson at Michigan if he’s eligible. But imagine Tate Martell running the offense for any other Big Ten team — and imagine how worried Meyer would sound if the Buckeyes were trying to stop Martell this fall.

And he’s third in Columbus. Clearly third. He just didn’t throw it well enough Saturday to be anything else. But you could see what Martell can become.

Who’s first?

It has to be the 6-foot-3, 218-pounder who

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