Ohio State didn't have to wait long to find replacements for either Urban Meyer or Dwayne Haskins, as they immediately promoted offensive coordinator Ryan Day to head coach before securing the transfer of former national No. 1 overall recruit Justin Fields, formerly of the Georgia Bulldogs. As with college football's true juggernaut programs, the Buckeyes don't rebuild-- they reload.
For better or worse, OSU will now go only as far as Fields takes them.
While he has terrific arm strength and athleticism, Day will have to contend Fields, who hasn't been a full-time starter before, inevitably making the mistakes that young quarterbacks make regularly.
Still, at 6-3 and 225 pounds with a howitzer of a right arm and impressive mobility for the position, Fields checks every box that Day and the relentless OSU attack could be looking for.
The big concern around him right now is that he's extremely unproven at this level, as a couple nice series against backups in a Georgia blowout victory is hardly indicative of a player that's ready to go to a place like Madison or East Lansing or Ann Arbor and win a nail-biter.
Luckily for Buckeye fans, Day helped turn Dwayne Haskins from a relative unknown into a record-setting passer, Heisman finalist, and first-round pick after just one season starting at Columbus. If anyone can make Fields into an instant winner, it's the new man in charge. But that's not yet a given as of this moment.