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Ryan Day Announces Ohio State's Starting QB For 2019

Ohio State football coach Ryan Day celebrating during a football game.

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 15: Interim head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts during The AdvoCare Showdown against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

With Dwayne Haskins long gone, there will be a new face under center for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2019. After months of waiting, head coach Ryan Day has decided on Ohio State's new starting QB.

Speaking to the media on Monday afternoon, Day announced that sophomore Justin Fields will be the starter. The move comes as little surprise after he proved to be the leading candidate for most of the off-season.

Fields joined the Buckeyes in a move from the Georgia Bulldogs via a transfer. As a freshman, he played in spot duty behind Jake Fromm and finished the season 27-of-39 for 328 yards and four TDs.

On the ground, Fields added 42 carries for 266 yards and another four TDs.

Fields beat out Kentucky transfer Gunnar Hoak for the starting job, though Day indicated today that nothing is guaranteed.

Upon transferring to Ohio State, it was initially believed that he would battle for the quarterback job with Tate Martell. But Martell decided instead to transfer, leaving Fields as the presumptive starter.

Fields will have huge shoes to fill though. Last year's starter, Dwayne Haskins, had a historic year as Ohio State's starter, breaking dozens of records en route to Big Ten title and Rose Bowl wins.

But Fields is far from an unknown entity. He was a five-star prospect coming out of high school and one of the top recruits in the nation in 2018.

He'll get his first college start in 12 days against Florida Atlantic.