Over the last couple of seasons, Ohio State football fans have been frustrated by the lack of running from the quarterback. We know that Ryan Day runs a different offense than Urban Meyer did, so fans aren’t expecting a full option or anything like that. They’d just like to see the QB scramble for yards when it’s open.
C.J. Stroud pretty much refused to do so until the final game of the season. It’s no coincidence that was the best game he played in his Ohio State football career. Now, the Buckeyes will have a new quarterback at the helm for the 2023 season.
Whether it’s Kyle McCord or Devin Brown (it seems like it’s McCord’s job to lose at this point), fans want to see that they are not afraid to move when necessary. So the question is, will we see an Ohio State quarterback take off and run more when it’s needed?
I tend to think that we will. Both McCord and Brown are better athletes than Stroud was. They are both faster and aren’t afraid to use their legs. Both of them did so in high school. I wouldn’t anticipate either of them doing many designed runs in Day’s offense though.
Frankly, the Buckeyes don’t need them to. They just need them to be a threat to get a first down every now and then when things break down downfield. That’s all fans wanted from Stroud too. No one expects McCord or Brown to be Justin Fields or anything.
I think fans will be pleased with how often the quarterback will scramble for yardage this year. It won’t be too much and it won’t be too little. These guys can find the right balance between when to run and when to stay in the pocket. Neither should hold onto the ball too long.