Ryan Day isn’t ready to name a starting quarterback yet, but he says the Buckeyes do have a frontrunner in redshirt freshman C.J. Stroud.

Day made that announcement while speaking to reporters in Columbus on Monday morning.

Day said Stroud has begun to take a higher share of the first-team quarterback reps during fall camp.

Stroud has been in a competition with Jack Miller, Kyle McCord and, to a lesser extent, Quinn Ewers. Ewers missed the start of Ohio State’s fall camp after deciding to re-classify to the 2021 class in early August. He would be entering his senior year of high school if he remained in the class of 2022.

Stroud saw playing time in three different games last season, but did not attempt a pass. He did score a 48-yard rushing touchdown against Michigan State as a true freshman last year.

He was also excellent in Ohio State’s spring game earlier this offseason. He completed 16-of-22 passes for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Stroud was a 4-star prospect and the No. 2 pro-style quarterback for the class of 2020, per 247Sports Composite rankings. Miller is also entering his redshirt freshman season and was also a 4-star prospect. McCord and Ewers will be true freshmen this year and were both 5-star recruits, per 247Sports Composite.

Ohio State opens its 2021 season on Sept. 2 against Minnesota.