Some believe that Ohio State is going to take a step back in the quarterback room after losing Justin Fields in the offseason, but it may not necessarily be the case. One analyst from 247Sports is already impressed with (presumed) new starter CJ Stroud.

According to 247Sports’ Greg Biggins, Stroud was impressive during Steve Clarkson’s “QB Retreat.” Even though he hasn’t thrown a pass as a college quarterback, Stroud already looks like a quarterback capable of playing at the next level.

“As is always the case, the college quarterbacks act more as coaches to the younger signal callers and don’t take a ton of reps,” Biggins wrote. “The one quarterback I saw who probably threw more than anyone and looked very good doing it was CJ Stroud. Physically, Stroud looks great and has really filled out in his upper body. He made a few throws during 7v7s that looked like NFL level throws and he would be a good candidate to have if you’re looking for a breakout player this fall.”

It’s assumed that Stroud will be the next starting quarterback at Ohio State in 2021. However, he’s still in a battle with Kyle McCord and Jack Miller III and head coach Ryan Day says there’s still no determination on who will take the first snap for the Buckeyes this fall.

Stroud had a strong showing in the spring game in April and was the No. 2 guy behind Fields last fall. He showed off his dual-threat ability in Ohio State’s blowout win over Michigan State, scoring on a 48-yard touchdown run on his only carry of the day.

Ohio State is scheduled to open the season on Thursday, Sept. 2 on the road against Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium.

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