Ryan Day has overseen a fair share of quarterback battles at Ohio State, both as an offensive assistant and head coach. He has another one on his hands in 2023 and it has been a good one.

Speaking with the media, Day classified the battle as competitive with a lot of back and forth produced. At this point, the competition still centers around Devin Brown and Kyle McCord but the head coach also referenced Lincoln Kienholz and Tristan Gebbia.

“It’s a good battle. It’s back and forth for sure. They know this week is important to them, the scrimmage on Saturday will be important,” said Day. “They’re constantly putting up numbers on a daily basis so we’ll compare the statistics, but there’s also the eyeball test. They’re both competing at a high level and the other guys are doing a good job too, Lincoln and Tristan are both trying to get better every day.”

When asked what sets this QB battle apart from previous years, Day admitted this season has been a bit unique. He referenced how Dwayne Haskins, Justin Fields and CJ Stroud really stood out in their respective battles whereas Brown and McCord have produced a tight battle.

“It hasn’t really changed the coaching it’s just a different dynamic… There wasn’t as much of a competition (in year’s prior), where this one’s a really strong competition, so that is unique,” Day explained. “It hasn’t changed the coaching, we’re still coaching them really hard.”

The expectation has been that McCord would eventually win the QB competition with a full year of experience on Brown. However, it sounds like this battle is still searching for separation with a crucial scrimmage due in a few days.

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(H/T Eleven Warriors)