When Gunnar Hoak left UK and transferred to Ohio State, everyone expected him to be a backup.
After all, Hoak wasn’t able to win the starting quarterback job during his time at UK. Meanwhile, Ohio State has ESPN’s No. 1 overall recruit from 2018 in Justin Fields, who everyone assumed would win the job after transferring in from Georgia.
But one advantage Hoak has in this battle is experience, as he’s a redshirt junior with two more years in a college system than Fields. Perhaps that’s a big reason why Hoak is actually still in the running to be the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback this season.
Following a scrimmage on Saturday, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said that no one has been able seperate themselves in the battle for the starting role.
Ryan Day on the quarterback competition: "I thought after today I'd have a better feel. I didn't. Nobody went out there and won the job, for sure."— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 10, 2019
Another reason Hoak may still be in the running is he’s more of a pure pocket passer, whereas Fields is a dual-threat guy who will probably do a lot of damage on the ground whenever he wins a starting spot.
Whatever the case may be, it’s good to see Hoak is getting real shot to compete for a starting spot and making the most of it. It didn’t work out for him in Lexington as he lost the job to Terry Wilson, but that doesn’t mean Hoak can’t make it work elsewhere, even if it is at a bigger program.