Although many have considered sophomore Justin Fields as the Buckeyes' starting QB heading into next season, head coach Ryan Day has made no such commitment to the Georgia transfer.
Ryan Day on Ohio State quarterbacks Justin Fields and Gunnar Hoak: "Justin and Gunnar are going to compete like heck to win the job, but at the end of the day, it's going to come down to who can play the game."— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) July 18, 2019
Fields has definitely locked up the spot as the favorite to start at QB for Ohio State next season, but that doesn't mean he's earned the job just yet. Recent senior transfer from Kentucky, Gunnar Hoak, will also compete for the starting spot as well.
The quarterback position for the Buckeyes is wide open with the departure of Dwayne Haskins. Day has an important decision facing him for his first full year with the school.
First-year Ohio State coach Ryan Day draws quite a crowd. pic.twitter.com/Bwl1iEALYR— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) July 18, 2019
Both Fields and Hoak offer Ohio State a sizeable option at the quarterback position. Neither have had much playing time in their time at Ohio State or Kentucky, with Fields throwing just 39 passes last year at OSU and Hoak just 26 with the Wildcats.
In either scenario, Day will have to start a quarterback with little experience. As he heads into next season with a 3-0 record as a head coach at Ohio State, Day has big shoes to fill replacing Urban Meyer.
With preseason training just around the corner, Justin Fields and Gunnar Hoak will have to show out to earn the attention of Ryan Day and, hopefully, the starting role.