Ryan Day sent shockwaves throughout the state of Ohio Monday afternoon. Fans were left stupefied when Ohio State’s head coach revealed Justin Fields has been named the starting quarterback.
For those who have regularly watched American football, the dual-threat transfer from Georgia was the obvious choice to become the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback, despite the coach-speak we heard from Day in the early stages of camp. Former Wildcat Gunnar Hoak is a fine player, but the job was Fields’ to win. Day used the pressure of a quarterback competition to force Fields to take his game to the next level.
Moving forward, Hoak may not even be the second string quarterback. Day did not explicitly state whose number would be called if Fields was unable to play. Hoak must now compete with Chris Chugunov, a grad transfer from West Virginia, for the title ‘QB2.’
“We’ll let these guys keep learning the offense,” said Day. “With Gunnar, we’ve practiced 14 or 15, only been in the offense really 15 practices. So really he’s at where Justin was coming out of the spring. So he’ll keep growing day in and day out. They’ll keep working. As we get closer to the game, we’ll decide if Justin were to come out of the game, who would go in next.”