2021 Quarterback Discussion

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    WHO WILL BE THE NEXT STARTING QUARTERBACK?
    It’s unlikely any question about the 2021 Ohio State football team will be discussed more between now and the team’s scheduled Sept. 2 season opener than this one, and there’s good reason for that. There’s usually a strong correlation between the teams who have the best quarterbacks and the teams who make the College Football Playoff, and the Buckeyes might not have a single quarterback on the 2021 roster who has ever thrown a collegiate pass.

    Assuming Fields enters the 2021 NFL draft, Ohio State is set to have a three-way competition for the starting quarterback job between redshirt freshmen C.J. Stroud and Jack Miller and true freshman Kyle McCord – all of whom have the talent to be great quarterbacks for the Buckeyes, but are also completely unproven.

    While Stroud and Miller were supposed to get some valuable game reps as backups this past season, they ended up only playing very sparingly – Stroud appeared in three games and Miller appeared in two games, but neither attempted a pass – because Ohio State played only five regular-season games with zero non-conference games.

    Neither of them had real in-game opportunities as true freshmen to make their case for why they should be the Buckeyes’ next starting quarterback, leaving the competition wide open between them and McCord going into this offseason. While Stroud might be the slight frontrunner just based on the fact that he was the quarterback who came off the bench when Fields had to briefly leave the Michigan State and Clemson games due to injury, all three of them have a very real chance of winning the job, and Ohio State will likely keep reps between them as equal as possible throughout the spring and summer.

    By September, Ohio State will need at least one of those quarterbacks to prove they are ready – or as much as one can prove readiness before playing in an actual game – to be Fields’ successor and lead the Buckeyes’ offense in 2021. And how well that new starting quarterback performs will likely be the biggest determining factor in whether the Buckeyes contend for a title again.
     
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    QB derby about to start.
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    Whoever gets the starting job, they're gonna have some great targets to throw to that's for sure.
     
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    And a solid O-line and 2-3 RB’s.
    New QB = throw, hand off and don’t turn it over.
    2021 shaping up.
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    QUARTERBACK
    This is obviously the biggest and most important storyline for the next eight months. C.J. Stroud, Jack Miller, and Kyle McCord will be battling it out to see who will replace Justin Fields in 2021. Miller was the first to see action last season, but it was Stroud who went under center when Fields briefly exited the game against Clemson. McCord was a five-star and the third-ranked pro-style passer in the Class of 2021.

    Ryan Day has given us no reason to doubt what he can do with a talented signal-caller, and the talent in the Buckeyes' room is likely second to none. The shortened 2020 season prevented us from getting a glimpse of what to really expect, but I don't see too much cause for concern even with such limited experience at quarterback. Our grade is reflective of that inexperience rather than the absurd level of talent.

    • Grade: B
     
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    Ohio State QB Room for 2021.....

    Jack Miller- 4*
    CJ Stroud- 4*
    Kyle McCord- 5*

    Walkons
    Danny Vanatsky
    JP Andrade
    Jagger LaRoe
     
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    Who will start this season?
    Any predictions?
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    Stroud
     
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    QUARTERBACK
    1. C.J. Stroud
    2. Kyle McCord
    3. Jack Miller

    Ohio State will have a three-way competition for the starting quarterback job following Justin Fields’ departure, and they could truly end up in any order on the depth chart. Stroud and Miller have been on campus for a year while McCord is just arriving this weekend, but none of them have ever thrown a collegiate pass, so the depth chart will be determined by who performs best this spring and summer, when they will be constantly evaluated against each other every time they have the opportunity to take the practice field.

    Given that Stroud was the first man off the bench when Fields briefly had to exit a pair of games this past season, he might be the slight frontrunner to win the job entering the offseason. McCord will have ground to make up since Stroud and Miller have both already been practicing at Ohio State for a year. That gap will be significantly smaller than it would have been, though, if Miller and Stroud actually saw significant playing time as true freshmen.

    That makes this initial projection of the quarterback depth chart simply a guess, as all of them are talented enough to win the job and none of them will enter the offseason with a substantial leg up over the others. If I was setting betting odds for who will begin the 2021 season as Ohio State’s starting quarterback, though, Stroud would be the favorite – if only by a small margin.
     
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