Ryan Day isn’t going to succumb to the pressure. As much as everyone wants him to name a starting quarterback heading into summer and fall camp, he’s going to refrain from doing so.
Ohio State concluded spring practice on Saturday afternoon with the annual spring game. While the scrimmage is a great time for several young players to get game-like experience, the major focus — at least for the fans and media — was on the quarterback situation.
Justin Fields and Matthew Baldwin have been competing all throughout the spring and Day has refused to name a starter or even a leader for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. He said he’s in “no rush” to name starters.
That extended to Saturday, following Ohio State’s spring game. After seeing both Fields and Baldwin in action, Day hasn’t seen anything just yet to warrant him naming a starter.
“I don’t think right now that we’re going to make a decision on that,” Day said, per Eleven Warriors. “I think it’ll continue through the preseason.”
Fields finished the day completing 4-of-13 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. Baldwin completed 20-of-36 attempts for 236 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.
Day was impressed with what both quarterbacks showed throughout the scrimmage, but admitted that there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
“I think that they both did a good job today,” Day said. “They both flashed at times. Still a work in progress. We still got work to do. But I thought that they gave some of the receivers a chance. Some of it’s hard, when you’re not in the tackle situation; is it a sack, is it not? Do we break out? And Justin, he can kind of create on the edge a little bit, so didn’t get a chance to see that as much. I thought Matthew made a couple really nice throws down the field.”
Anyone hoping the quarterback battle would be decided on Saturday and that Day would name a starter is just going to have to wait until at least the summer. The new Ohio State head coach may wait until the last minute before making a decision.