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Ohio State’s quarterback battle appears to be a three-man affair in this, the final week of spring practice.
As has been the case since the Buckeyes’ run to the national championship ended with a loss to Alabama and the departure of Justin Fields, all eyes are on QB hopefuls C.J. Stroud, Jack Miller and Kyle McCord.
A recent practice suggested Stroud may be the leader of the pack, as he was the guy taking reps with the first-team offensive line and receivers. Miller was with the second unit and McCord the third.
But wait. There’s more.
“While McCord remained at the tail end of the order on Monday, there were certainly moments that showed why the true freshman should not be counted out in the quarterback competition,” wrote Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors. “The two best throws I saw during the open portion of practice were a pair of perfectly placed deep balls from McCord to Chris Olave and Jaxon Smith-Njigba. He also went 3-for-3 in the red zone passing drill, with touchdown tosses to Jeremy Ruckert and Steele Chambers.”
The Buckeyes won seven straight before falling in the title game, so as usual, there are high expectations heading into the season.
Who will lead them in the post-Fields era, though, remains a big question mark. On the bright side, it’s only spring, and competitions are what spring is for.