The moment that Justin Fields, the former No. 2 recruit in the country, transferred to Ohio State, it was assumed that he would start.
Ohio State couldn’t roll into the season with just one scholarship quarterback, though. In April, the Buckeyes added former West Virginia back-up Chris Chugunov. A few weeks later, another scholarship player joined the QB room.
Gunner Hoak joins the Buckeyes from Kentucky. Per Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, he will have a chance to compete with Fields for the starting job.
Ryan Day discussed the Ohio state quarterback battle, and says that Gunner Hoak will get first team reps along with Justin Fields.
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“He’s going to come in and he’s going to get reps with the ones and he’s going to compete for the starting job,” Day said Wednesday. “He’s got to learn in short order. He’s a little bit behind in terms of the couple months that we had in the spring, he wasn’t here. But he’s also really, really sharp, I think he’ll pick it up quick, and then let the competition begin in August.”
“Justin got here in February, and he did not win the job, but that wasn’t part of the spring,” Day said. “The spring was just to try to get some 15 practices under our belt, and learn the offense, but now in the preseason is where the real competition goes.”
In all likelihood, this is designed to push Fields more than anything, but it is not as if the former five-star recruit has that much on-field experience. Last season at Georgia, he completed 27-of-39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for another 266 yards and four scores.
Hoak played four games for UK last season, completing 13-of-26 passes for 167 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.