Justin Fields struggling to beat out former Kentucky backup Gunnar Hoak? Ohio State coach says QB job still open
According to the betting odds, Justin Fields may be among the frontrunners to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy heading into the season but it appears there’s a chance he has the same role in Ohio State’s offense that he held for Georgia last season — sitting the bench holding a clipboard.
While that may ultimately prove to be unrealistic, Ohio State coach Ryan Day is at least spinning that narrative well into the Buckeye training camp.
Not long after Fields left Georgia after failing to beat out Jake Fromm in Athens, former Kentucky backup quarterback Gunnar Hoak decided to leave Lexington after failing to unseat incumbent starter, Terry Wilson. Both players transferred into Ohio State this offseason and were given immediate eligibility, Fields via waiver and Hoak due to the fact he was a graduate transfer from Kentucky.
Following a recent Ohio State practice, Day offered up this quote on the team’s quarterback competition, suggesting the race is close.
“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.”
In his two seasons of action for Kentucky, Hoak completed 13 of 26 passes for 167 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Last season, Fields completed 27 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns for the Bulldogs.