'2020-2023 QB - Kyle McCord (Transfer to Syracuse)

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    • On McCord, Day says "he's grown and I think he's done a good job of it, his attitude's been excellent."
     
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    • McCord says it was a “natural transition” into a leadership role for him this offseason. Without C.J. Stroud on the team, “naturally opportunities to step up and lead and speak, things like that came.” McCord says there was “never any hesitation” to ask for Stroud’s advice over the past two years.
    • McCord describes himself as a “competitor” and “playmaker” first and foremost, and thinks his tape will speak for itself as he competes for the starting job.
    • McCord has been studying the pocket composure of Joe Burrow, Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert over the offseason.
    • McCord calls Stroud’s performance against Georgia a “clinic tape” and has watched the game “five to 10 times” to study all the great plays Stroud made in the CFP.
    • “In order to play at this level, you have to be a good athlete.” McCord says he’s been working hard on his athleticism to be able to extend plays outside the pocket and become more mobile.
    • On the narrative that Brown is the more mobile quarterback of the two, McCord says he learned from Stroud to let outside noise roll off his back. “They can say whatever. It is what it is.” McCord says the spotlight on him “comes with the territory” and that “you just have to take everything with a grain of salt.”
    • “The chemistry is definitely still there” between McCord and Marvin Harrison Jr., who played together in high school. McCord says he knows “all his moves” and described Harrison as his best friend.
    • McCord says he and Devin Brown are “really close” and that both Buckeyes “know what it is” when it comes to the quarterback competition and their goals. McCord says the pair have been “pushing each other” and that it’s a “very beneficial relationship on both sides.”
     
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    QB KYLE MCCORD
    Things didn’t start off so hot for the Buckeye offense. During Ohio State’s red zone passing offense period, the Buckeyes were held out of the end zone on all but one of 12 plays, with a touchdown pass from Devin Brown to Kaleb Brown being the lone exception. Kyle McCord didn’t lead his unit across the plane at all during that period, and the defense continued to get the better of the offense for the next several periods.

    But McCord began to heat up towards the end of Ohio State’s 7-on-7 work. McCord hit Marvin Harrison Jr. deep downfield for what would’ve been a touchdown on one play, and followed that up with two more completions to Kojo Antwi and Cade Stover on consecutive snaps.

    Once live play (no quarterback contact) began in period 17, McCord produced the highlight of the day for the Buckeye offense with a long bomb down the right sideline to Jayden Ballard that went for a touchdown against the first-team defense.

    McCord continued to bring the offense back from its early deficit with another explosive completion on the move to Noah Rogers, and this time Dallan Hayden punched in a touchdown on the subsequent goal-to-go series. McCord was back on the field for the final drive of the practice, where he completed passes to Hayden and Jelani Thurman to put the offense at the goal line for a chance to secure a come-from-behind win over the defense. Hayden scored again on a pitch from McCord and the offense won the day.

    Overall, the scrimmage was something of a mixed bag for McCord, but he sprang to life late and finished practice as the more impressive of the two quarterbacks vying for the vacant starting job.

    “I thought he had some good plays, better in the second half. Especially when we got that ball to midfield,” Ryan Day said. “Early on it was just OK I think. But again, it's hard to tell, gotta look at the film. But he certainly flashed there at the end, had some energy about him, had some leadership. And I think the whole offense was feeding off of that.”
     

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