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ESPN Names The Biggest Concern For Ohio State In 2019

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COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 08: Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Ohio State enters a new era in 2019, with Ryan Day taking over the reins for Urban Meyer. Once again, the Buckeyes will be breaking in a new starting quarterback as well.

Dwayne Haskins stepped in for J.T. Barrett in 2018, and exceeded expectations. Haskins smashed records en route to becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist and establishing himself as the top quarterback in this year's draft.

All season long, it looked like Tate Martell was set to step in for Haskins in 2019, but then Georgia five-star freshman Justin Fields transferred in and everything changed. Martell did not want to wait and see if Fields obtains a waiver to play immediately, opting instead to transfer to Miami.

Even with Fields in the fold, Ohio State's quarterback depth is think, which is why ESPN named it the biggest concern for the Buckeyes right now.

The Buckeyes have seen record-setting quarterback Dwayne Haskins enter the NFL draft and backup Tate Martell transfer to Miami. If transfer quarterback Justin Fields is not eligible immediately in 2019, Matthew Baldwin is the next man up and really the only other option. Ohio State had a quarterback committed in the 2019 class in Dwan Mathis, but he flipped to Georgia on signing day. As a redshirt freshman in 2019, Baldwin is yet to see any game action and would be leading a team with a new head coach and a lot of eyes watching to see what plays out in Ryan Day's first season taking over for Urban Meyer.

If Fields can play right away, he and Baldwin would be Ohio State's top two options, as of now. It seems likely that the Buckeyes will be involved in the grad transfer market at the position.

Texas A&M's Nick Starkel has emerged as a potential option, as Ohio State is reportedly one of the schools he is considering. However, the question with Starkel and any other veteran transfer is would they be willing to come to Ohio State for a marginal role as a backup.

If Starkel does come to Columbus and in effect takes Martell's spot, that would be incredibly ironic considering the connection the two of them have from back when Martell was an A&M commit.