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Ryan Day Emphasizes Focus On Passing Game Moving Forward At Ohio State

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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)

Last year, Dwayne Haskins put together the most prolific passing season in Ohio State history. His ascendance followed years with guys like J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller, who were much more dual-threat options at quarterback.

Georgia transfer Justin Fields is expected to take over as the starter, with Haskins off to the NFL. Fields has an impressive arm, but he can really run as well.

As a 2018 signee, he was the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country. He was ranked No. 2 overall, and at the QB position as a whole, behind only Clemson's Trevor Lawrence.

New Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has made it clear that with Justin Fields, the passing attack will remain the focus.

Day pointed to the success that Lawrence and Tua Tagovailoa, the quarterbacks of the two national championship teams, Clemson and Alabama.

Both are elite downfield throwers, and Day wants to keep things geared in that direction with the Buckeyes.

From The Ozone:

“As we move forward with our new quarterback, we figure out what he does best, we’ll emphasize that,” head coach Ryan Day said. “There are certain thing that will stay consistent. We believe we have to throw the ball to be able to win, whether it’s a two-minute drill in the Penn State game with J.T. or the two-minute drill we did with Dwayne towards the end of the season. That’s part of it.”

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“If you want to go win the whole thing, you have to be able to throw the ball,” Day said. “That showed in the last two semifinals and the finals the last couple years. To win the national championship, you have to be able to throw it.”

Fields played sparingly behind starter Jake Fromm at Georgia last season, totaling 328 yards, four touchdowns, with no interceptions. He completed just under 70-percent of his throws, and added 266 yards and four scores on the ground.

[The Ozone]