Justin Fields was supposed to walk in to Columbus and win the starting job. Nobody has once thought the former five-star prospect would have a challenger to be under center when Ohio State takes the field against Florida Atlantic in Week 1.
Fields, however, seems to have a pretty strong challenger in Kentucky transfer Gunnar Hoak. So far, neither guy has separated himself in fall camp.
At least that’s what head coach Ryan Day is saying.
Saturday, Day met with the media to talk about the early stages of fall camp. Of course, one of the topics of conversation was the battle between Fields and Hoak at the quarterback position.
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“I thought after today I’d have a better feel. I didn’t,” Day said, according to Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors. “Nobody went out there and won the job, for sure.”
There’s still plenty of time for one guy to separate himself, but it sounds like there’s a real battle in Columbus.
Maybe that’s not completely surprising considering both players are learning a new system and have limited game experience. Still, Fields not being the clear starter at this point probably isn’t the kind of news most expected out of Ohio State.
It’ll be interesting to see how long Day goes before pulling the trigger on one of these guys.