Assessing Ohio State’s QB battle heading into spring, projection


The 2021 college football season brings renewed optimism at Ohio State, who finished a couple plays short of a national championship earlier this month. Weeks away from the start of spring practice, the most intriguing position battle comes under center, where the Buckeyes replace all-everything quarterback and projected first-round pick Justin Fields.

Buckets editor Dave Biddle believes Ohio State’s three-player competition at the position has a clear frontrunner.

“The most likely scenario in my estimation is second-year quarterback CJ Stroud taking over as the starter,” Biddle told 247Sports during an interview on Tuesday. “I loved his film coming out of high school when he was playing against the top competition in California and worked his way into being a 5-star prospect. Stroud needs to add muscle to his 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame, but he’s a talented QB that can make all the throws and can do damage with his legs as well.

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