Does Ohio State have a quarterback competition on its hands? Head coach Ryan Day gave the answer on Tuesday.
C.J. Stroud hasn’t exactly lived up the hype just yet. His inaccuracy was an issue in the Buckeyes’ win over Minnesota and loss to Oregon earlier this season.
The former four-star recruit is dealing with an injury at the moment. That opened the door for Kyle McCord to get the start versus Akron in Week 4. He made the most of the opportunity, completing 13 of his 19 pass attempts for 319 yards and two touchdowns with one pick.
Is McCord now pushing Stroud for the starting gig? Day told reporters on Tuesday that as long as Stroud’s healthy, he’s Ohio State’s starter.
“We’ll see how today goes, said Day, according to Bill Rabinowitz, Ohio State beat writer for the Dispatch. “The week helped him. We’re looking forward to a great week of practice.”
Rabinowitz also added in his tweet that Day said Stroud’s his starter as long as he’s healthy.
Day on C.J. Stroud: "We'll see how today goes. The week helped him. We're looking forward to a great week of practice." Said he's the QB if he's healthy.
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 28, 2021
It’s way too early for Ohio State to make a change.
C.J. Stroud has been good, not great, so far this season. He’s thrown for 963 yards and eight touchdowns with three picks.
The good news for the Buckeyes is their schedule sets up favorably these next few weeks. Stroud probably doesn’t have to play this Saturday against Rutgers for Ohio State to walk away with a win.
If Stroud’s unable to go this weekend, McCord will make his second straight start. And it’s never a bad thing for a backup to get such valuable reps against a Big Ten foe.