COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State football coach Ryan Day insists midway through spring camp that there is no separation in their three-way quarterback battle.
So read what you want about the rotation reporters witnessed at practices last Friday and Monday. CJ Stroud, Jack miller and Kyle McCord they lined up in that order for stretching and calisthenics, and completed their passing and passing exercises in the same order.
Day said the rotation has varied and will do so in the future. He said Monday that he wished he had 18 months to prepare that trio for opening day. However, he was only six when spring practice began, and when it is over, it will be reduced to five.
“I think they have done a decent job of learning every day, so I think it has been positive,” Day said. “I think his lack of reps is difficult. They need so many repetitions of everything. And the good news is that they are very eager to learn. They are taking good notes. Everyone is improving in their own way. “
Stroud appeared to finish last season with the backup advantage, having replaced Justin Fields on emergency duty twice, including in the playoff semifinal against Clemson. So even if all three started with an equal one-third chance of winning the job, they may not have started the spring tied for first.
Tuesday’s episode of Buckeye Talk focused on whether we believe our ears or eyes more when it comes to quarterback competition and other spring stories. Stroud has looked comfortable and cool in our two practice flashes. However, all three quarterbacks have thrown good and bad. Whether or not each has a third of the leadership, the opportunity to compete and demonstrate results on the field seems genuine.
What else did we see on Monday?
Craig young, a linebacker by established identity, aligned for safety in multiple drills. The Bullet conversation continues to gather momentum this spring. “That’s exciting for us because he can cover, he can play the box, he can be physical, he can blitz,” Day said. Day mentioned three other players listed as safeties: Ronnie hickman, Kourt williams and walk Ryan batsch – in the same role as Young. … Among the reasons Day is excited about defensive tackles is an impressive offseason for Taron vincent. Held back by injuries so far in his career, Vincent has been the most improved player in that group, by day. He attributed Vincent’s dedication to Mickey marottilow season program. “Once that happened, now their games took off, and I’m excited to see where the fall is headed,” Day said. … The Buckeyes played a lot of money in the periods open to reporters. Day said OSU will continue to use two to four linebackers based on matchups. …
When asked what his biggest concern was in mid-spring, Day said it was a lack of playing time for the younger Buckeyes. “Those are the things that we have to keep trying to put in game situations and get more reps.” … Speaking of which, freshman receivers Emeka Egbuka, Marvin Harrison Jr. and Jayden ballard they were lined up together for a drill. “The more we can put them in real situations, the better.” … Day said Ohio State will conduct another hitting-like practice on Saturday. OSU was not on the pads on Monday. Day said they are spacing out padded practices and trying to make them “really physical and really clean.”
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