Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has officially named Kyle McCord as the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season, putting an end to weeks of speculation and uncertainty surrounding the position.
Day had been managing a quarterback battle between McCord and Devin Brown, with both players showing promise but neither taking a definitive lead.
McCord started the first two games of the season, but Day had consistently stated his intention to give Brown playing time and see both quarterbacks in action.
When asked about naming a full-time starter in previous interviews, Day had been noncommittal.
However, in a recent press conference, Day confirmed the decision, saying: “We decided that Kyle is going to be the starter. We’re going to go ahead and make that distinction.”
"He was excited, but he wasn't exactly jumping on table. I think that was more of a confirmation."
Ryan Day told Kyle McCord this morning he was the starter, he said the consistency is what earned him the spot.
The decision gives both Kyle and the team peace of mind: pic.twitter.com/z2LBMhj1mk
— Adam King (@AdamKing10TV) September 12, 2023
The #6 Buckeyes are currently 2-0 with McCord as the starter, but Day acknowledged that the offense had not yet reached its full potential and that the coaching staff was still working to establish an identity.
In the first two games, McCord threw for 497 yards with three touchdown passes. Day emphasized that McCord’s growing understanding of the offense and his ability to establish a rhythm were key factors in the decision.
“It gives Kyle, first off, peace of mind that I think he realizes he is the starter. He earned that opportunity,” Day said.
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