World news – Ohio State opens spring practice in search of new QB, normalcy


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state of Ohio opened on Friday what coach Ryan Day is hoping for uninterrupted spring training as he seeks a new starting quarterback and some normalcy after a turbulent 2020.

That Spring training was canceled in March last year as the coronavirus spread across the country. The Buckeyes trained three times before the spring break and only returned to the field as a group before a belated and curtailed season as a group in which they eventually lost in the national championship game to Alabama.

Although Ohio State football activities last week over one As the number of positive tests was interrupted, the first of 15 training sessions began as scheduled on Friday and will culminate in the annual spring game on April 17th, which fans may or may not be involved in. The event in normal years tends to attract a large crowd – nearly 100,000 in 2015 – but is also vital for coaches when it comes to evaluating young players in playful conditions.

The overarching question this spring is who’s going to start at quarterback when the Buckeyes open the season in Minnesota on September 2nd. Justin Fields’ early departure for the NFL left two untested backups – pro-style quarterbacks C.J. Stroud and Jack Miller III, two of the best prep signalers in the country the state of Ohio caught in the 2020 recruitment class. The 2021 five-star recruit, who is similar in size and skills, was an early entrant and will be fighting for the job too.

« We’ll try to get as many reps as possible do, « said Day. “We’ll shoot the guys as best we can. We’ve been through this before. We had several people there and I think we do as good a job as anyone else making sure the guys get the same reps and compete against each other. “

All three basically start in the same place. Since the 2020 season was shortened and there wasn’t much mop-up duty, neither Stroud nor Miller had much playing time. The day didn’t even see her exactly, as the 2020 spring practice only lasted a week before it was canceled due to the pandemic.

With Fields as the clear starter in Day’s first two years as Ohio State’s head coach this will be the first quarterback derby he chaired despite being an offensive assistant when the future NFL first-round draft Dwayne Haskins Jr. and Joe Burrow fought it in the spring of 2018.

« We will know when the time is right (to name a starter), you know like we did here in the past, « he said. “But they have a lot to learn. They didn’t have many snapshots. And to be fair, they have to spend some time in this crime study, and then if we get them into play situations in the spring and preseason, we will have a better idea. “

The first team’s All Big Ten offensive against Thayer Munford, who is eligible for another year, is pleased with the candidates.

 » What I noticed is that they like to work  » said Munford, who will anchor an offensive line with three new starters. “I see them after every workout by throwing balls at wide receivers. They want to fight for the place. When we see this as offensive linemen, we feel more comfortable blocking. They make everyone else feel better because what are we without the quarterback? “

NOTES: Safety Marcus Hooker has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested for drunk driving. He was previously suspended from the program after being charged with drunk driving in 2018. … Day said the program was developing plans to vaccinate players as the state opens all ages eligibility starting March 29.

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