The Ohio State football team has one of the more compelling quarterback battles in all of college football this season. Now that C.J. Stroud is in the NFL, a new quarterback will take his place. We still don’t know for sure whether it will be Kyle McCord or Devin Brown.
Even if we don’t know for sure who it will be, all indications point to it being McCord. The former five-star recruit lost to Stroud in 2021 when it was a three-quarterback battle for the job. Now he has a chance to grab the job from Brown and not look back.
If McCord does win the starting job, could he possibly be one-and-done as a starter? The last Ohio State quarterback to start one season and then head off to the NFL was Dwayne Haskins. He ended up being a first-round pick because of how well he did in that one year.
McCord certainly has the talent to do the same thing. He has the strongest arm on the roster and has the accuracy that he needs to excel in Ryan Day’s system. His decision-making is still the biggest question mark that he has but I would think that should be better at this point.
NFL teams have shown that they still aren’t scared off by quarterbacks who only start one season and then turn pro. Anthony Richardson was just drafted 4th overall by the Colts despite starting just 13 games. If McCord wins the job and succeeds with the Buckeyes, the same thing could happen to him.
I kind of expect that to be the case. With how well Ryan Day coaches quarterbacks, that should be the expectation. The Ohio State football program has because famous for producing quarterbacks under Day. McCord has a chance to continue that legacy this season.