Ryan Day Won't Make A Decision On Ohio State's Starting Quarterback Until Later This Year

By Colin Hass-Hill on April 17, 2021 at 2:52 pm
Kyle McCord, Jack Miller, C.J. Stroud

Everybody will have to wait.

Saturday afternoon's spring game marked the end of spring camp for Ohio State, and Ryan Day isn't quite ready to make up his mind. The third-year head coach says he won't make a decision on who will start at quarterback until later this year.

Until then, the competition between C.J. Stroud, Jack Miller and Kyle McCord will carry on.

"They've learned a lot, but now the race is on over the next few months to figure out who can make the next strides so that they're further along," Day said after the spring game. "Spring's been good. There's been a lot of progress made across the board, but still a long way to go before we play against Minnesota."

Anybody expecting Day to make a proclamation about a starting quarterback in April with the season not kicking off until Sept. 2 was overly optimistic.

Consistently, Day has impressed the importance of patience when it comes to the battle between the trio of underclassmen. C.J. Stroud is viewed by many on the outside as the frontrunner, and the spring game performance of going 16-of-22 for 185 yards and two touchdowns did nothing to alter that, but neither he nor Miller nor McCord has ever thrown a pass in a college game. McCord has spent barely three months in college, and the other two were sparsely-used backups as freshmen in 2020 who just completed their first full slate of spring practices.

Stroud and McCord (12-for-17, 184 yards, two touchdowns) put up better stat lines on Saturday than Miller (17-for-30, 128 yards, one interception). But for Day, this represented just one of 15 practices in the spring.

After all, he entered the day without any desire of making a determination about a starting quarterbacks.

"This is just another piece to the puzzle," Day said on Big Ten Network prior to the game getting underway. "We're not going to know who the starting quarterback is coming out of today. It's going to be pretty basic on offense and defense. Just to play in the Horseshoe and run the offense and get a feel for things. There'll be good plays and bad plays, but just another step in the progression."

So as expected, the Stroud-Miller-McCord battle will continue into the summer then, in all likelihood, preseason camp in August.

At some point, Day will have an answer at quarterback. Just not yet.

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