2019 Quarterback Discussion

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    Quarterback

    The candidates: Justin Fields (So.), Matthew Baldwin (RS-Fr.)

    Leader: Justin Fields

    Breakdown: Fields took the first first-team quarterback snaps of the first practice of spring, and he took the first first-team quarterback snaps at the final practice of spring.

    Day declined to name a starter, saying the competition will "continue through the preseason." However, it's clear Fields is currently viewed as the frontrunner to win the starting job and line up behind center against Florida Atlantic on Aug. 31.

    In the spring game, Fields only played with the first-team offense, while Baldwin took snaps with both the starters and backups. Neither of them, though, looked particularly polished.

    Fields completed 4-of-13 passes for 131 yards with the vast majority coming on his 98-yard touchdown pass to Binjimen Victor. Even though defenders weren't able to tackle him, he flashed his speed, rushing eight times for 38 yards. Baldwin, who went 20-for-36 for 246 yards with two touchdowns, had a few impressive throws down the field but also tossed a pair of interceptions.

    At the moment, Day doesn't feel comfortable naming a starter.

    “They’re still a work in progress, they’re still growing, they’re still making mistakes,” he said. “So to say we know where they are in terms of finished product, it’s hard to tell and they still have a long way to go.”

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    Quarterback: It's Justin Fields' team for (at least) the next two years
    Let's start with the easy one. The quarterback decision has been made, and Ryan Day didn't even have to name a starter.

    Justin Fields took the vast majority of first-team reps throughout spring practice and began the spring game with the starters, but Day still remained mum on who would start at quarterback. He tried to sell the idea that the Buckeyes were holding an ongoing quarterback competition when the spring began, and he maintained that position in his press conference after the spring game.

    But Matthew Baldwin's decision to transfer last week immediately ended what Day once called a "battle." Fields will start in 2019, and he'll start in 2020. If all goes according to plan, he'll then head to the NFL in 2021 with a pair of seasons of experience as a starter.
     
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