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It’s Sounding Like Gunnar Hoak Will be Third String QB at Ohio State

It wasn’t even two weeks ago that rumors (and by rumors, I mean baseless claims from a Twitter account with only a few thousand followers) swirled around former Kentucky football transfer Gunnar Hoak being named the starter at “The” Ohio State University.

Those rumors were eventually tossed into the garbage after it was announced the very next day that Georgia transfer and one-time No. 2 overall recruit in 2018, Justin Fields, had won the starting job. Which came to the surprise of very few.

But now it’s starting to sound like Hoak might not even be the Buckeyes second option heading into the 2019 season.

According to several sources who attended Tuesday’s press conference in preparation for OSU’s opening game against Florida Atlantic University on Saturday, Hoak “doesn’t have a grasp of the offense like the other guys do.”, which might suggest he’s behind fellow quarterback Chris Chugunov.

Chugunov has been on the roster longer than both Fields and Hoak, which has apparently contributed to his advantage over the former Wildcat.

The official depth chart will be released on Friday, but this news might have been in the works for a while now. The Athletic wrote over the weekend that OSU head coach Ryan Day’s reasoning for not naming a backup was because of Hoak’s lack of experience in the offense.

“The hope is that Hoak will come along – and by all accounts, he is — but he’s still new to this team. That’s probably why Day isn’t comfortable naming a backup yet.” per Ari Wasserman of The Athletic.

So while it doesn’t appear that Hoak is going to be taking the field for the Buckeyes early in the season, that isn’t to say he’s not still performing well. Remember, Hoak only got to Columbus earlier this summer.

Either way, we wish him luck.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

20 Comments for It’s Sounding Like Gunnar Hoak Will be Third String QB at Ohio State

  1. CombatMedic_98
    6:03 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    So he’s got a CHANCCCCCCE….

  2. 4everUKblue
    6:09 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Now that is believable.

  3. notFromhere
    6:10 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Sucks for Hoak, but he’ll have fun there anyway as a Buckeye fan… back to UK football…

    • mashburnfan1
      6:35 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

      He is only there because it is close to home. He had to know he would not play with Fields there. He played High School ball a few miles from OSU. He did not leave for total football reasons, he just went home. He is, at best, an EKU, Akron, or very low power conf like Rutgers type player which is not all that bad but he, or his dad, thinks he is better.

  4. Smyrna_Cat
    6:15 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Fake news. He is number 1!

  5. Magic Package
    6:46 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Good luck to Gunnar by all accounts he was a great teammate and supported his teammates including Terry Wilson when he was here.

    Having said that, I don’t really care about whats going on at Ohio State.

  6. JASUN74
    6:55 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Gunner will be fine at OSU. He’s a smart kid and will get the offense quickly I’d say. He’ll end the season #2 I’m sure. Just one snap away from the man and you never know when that may happen so he’s got to get ready. Good luck Gunner, hang in there and keep working hard bro. Gunner may not be a first team All American but he’s a really good Quarterback that’s living his dream and making it happen. He deserves all the respect in the world for putting it on the line and anyone saying otherwise is a bitccch!!

    • blueballs80
      12:13 am August 28, 2019 Permalink

      He is the third quarterback on the roster dude. If anything happens to Fields, Chugonov gets in. I highly doubt he is living his dream of being a 3rd string QB.

  7. Wade
    6:55 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    What a dumbass but he’s from Ohio and a chance to say he rode the pine at thee ohsu is pretty cool I guess

  8. krautdog
    7:20 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Why don’t you just “let go” of this???

  9. dckr
    8:14 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Anybody who thought he had a chance to start there is just plain dumb.

    • ukkatzfan
      8:23 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

      I didn’t want to be plain dumb. I wanted to be dumb with pickles and onions.

  10. My Dixie Wrecked
    8:15 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    At least he’s getting a better education there.

    • 4everUKblue
      12:56 am August 28, 2019 Permalink

      Maybe you should go get one there too! Or just any education.

  11. Kendrick
    10:12 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink


    The funniest part is some of the fans thought he was/is better than Terry Wilson!

  12. satcheluk
    11:03 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    I have nothing against Hoak, but all the idiots clambering for him to start makes you wonder are they just dumb or just praying for a white guy to lead the team.

  13. ukkatzfan
    7:05 pm August 28, 2019 Permalink

    Ohio States qb is listed in Top 10 Heisman Watch and Gunnar is questioned as number 3 qb. They either have the best qb class EVER or Gunnar never had a chance at qb1