Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has announced that his starting quarterback for the season opener will be 6'3", 223-pound sophomore Justin Fields.
"I do think Justin has taken a stride in the last couple days," Day said, foreshadowing the move this past Wednesday. "He's moving the team nicely. He's taking care of the ball better in the last couple days, throwing the ball on time. So improvements there, and leadership is improving."
But on the day he made the announcement, he stressed that Fields would have to earn the position on a weekly basis.
Fields beat out Gunnar Hoak, a graduate transfer who saw action in five games at Kentucky last season, and Chris Chugunov, also a graduate transfer. Chugunov went from West Virginia to Ohio State in 2018 and has played in one game with the Buckeyes since then.
Fields enrolled in the program this past January after transferring from Georgia, where he played in 12 of 14 games, completed 27 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns, and also ran for four scores. He earned All-SEC Freshman honors with those numbers.
And shortly after Fields joined the Buckeyes, Tate Martell left Ohio State for the Miami Hurricanes, while Matthew Baldwin headed to TCU. (Martell has since been named a backup QB for the Canes, and Baldwin lost an appeal to be granted immediate eligibility with the Horned Frogs.)
The Buckeyes open their season August 31st against Florida Atlantic.
Hear Fields's reaction to being named the starter here.