Ohio State football coach Ryan Day has explained what he is looking for in a starting quarterback and when he might think he has one.
Mike Yurcich got his say Sunday.
“Well, I think there is a standard of quarterback play around here for a long time that's been what we need, the Buckeye standard at quarterback,” Yurcich, the first-year Ohio State quarterbacks coach said. “And when we see that we'll move forward.”
That is not a level that will be easy to attain.
Ohio State has had the Big Ten Quarterback of the Year six of the last seven seasons, and more than half of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football winners since 2012 have been Ohio State quarterbacks, too.
The group of Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Dwayne Haskins also helped the Buckeyes to three Big Ten championships and seven conference division titles.
After Miller proved to be one of the most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in memory, Barrett threw for 9,434 yards and 104 touchdowns (both school records) while Haskins set Big Ten single-season records with 4,831 yards and 50 touchdown passes last season.
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Yurcich lamented not being able to use wins as a separator for his current crop of quarterbacks since none of them have started a game in scarlet and gray, but he did lay out how he expects to see the competition between Justin Fields, Gunnar Hoak and Chris Chugunov to play out.
“I think after we get into it for a couple weeks, and we're able to put some live scrimmages together and try to simulate the game as much as possible we'll have a better feel for for what that timeline is and who that's going to be,” Yurcich said.
Through three days, he was able to observe progress they made in developing chemistry with their receivers in the offseason and said he was happy with the overall understanding of the offense the group has shown.
“I think from an intellectual standpoint, I think we understand our schemes, more protections, progressions, these defensive identification, all the adjustments we have to make,” Yurcich said. “There's so much to it, and we have to cover it all. And then once you cover it all, you have to go back and start again and break it down even more and keep repping it. It's all a matter of repetition.”
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