Ryan Day evaluates QB Kyle McCord, Ohio State offense in spring game
Ryan Day’s Ohio State tenure has been defined by elite play at the quarterback position. Entering Day’s 5th season as full-time head coach of the Buckeyes, OSU has uncertainty when it comes to QB1.
When a team has a QB competition, it tends to be the lead storyline of the spring game. In Ohio State’s Saturday spring game, Kyle McCord’s performance indicated that the competition is still wide open heading into fall.
“I think what you saw in the game was similar to what you’ve seen in practice,” Day said of McCord’s showing. “Some good things, some things that you’d like to see a little bit better. But he’s growing. I think that the picture sometimes was clean, other times not as clean.”
Day noted that McCord was missing some of OSU’s top wide receivers on Saturday.
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“I think Marvin (Harrison Jr.) only played a couple drives there and then he was out, and certainly not having Emeka (Egbuka) and Julian (Fleming) and those guys,” Day told reporters. “But you saw there was some sparks. I thought the throw to Carnell (Tate) was an excellent one. But there’s stuff that he wants to look to improve on.”
Later in the press conference, Day noted that in addition to missing receivers, McCord was playing behind an inconsistent offensive line that had plenty of issues.
“I thought that there were some good things, but we need more consistency there,” Day said of the unit.
Day didn’t seem to think personnel combinations on the line were to blame, noting the assignments were rather simple.
“I don’t know if that matters as much,” Day said of playing different combinations. “I know what you’re saying. I think that’s more during the season, when you start to get into calls and things like that.
“We were very vanilla on defense today. We didn’t blitz one time so there really isn’t a lot of communication. This is one on one, me against you and technique. That’s what really what the spring is we think.”