“I guess it’s really a body of work over 27 practices, when you count the spring,” Day said, per Big Ten Network. “We try to take it one day at a time and look at the body of work. It’s not one thing. Day in and day out, he’s making really good decisions. Leadership. Obviously, taking care of the football. The ability to win in the red zone and win on third down has been critical.”
While fans always expected Stroud to win the job, there was hefty competition. Ohio State has one of the best quarterback rooms in the country, even if most of the top talent are still a bit young.
Given Day’s comments yesterday, it should come as no surprise who Ohio State’s starting quarterback will be. On Saturday morning, Day officially named Stroud the team’s quarterback heading into the 2021 season.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 21, 2021
During a press conference on Saturday morning, Day gave a brief reason why he chose Stroud to lead the team’s offense. “He has separated himself with his leadership skills, accuracy,” Day said.
The decision comes just under two weeks before Ohio State’s first game of the 2021 season. The Buckeyes open the season on the road against Minnesota on Thursday, September 2.
Soon after that, Ohio State hosts No. 11 Oregon in a huge non-conference tilt.