With spring practice in the books, Ohio State‘s quarterback derby will carry over into fall workouts.

That’s not a surprise, considering the candidates to succeed star Justin Fields are two second-year players and a true freshman. Neither has thrown a pass in a college game.

C.J. StroudJack Miller III and early-enrollee Kyle McCord all got plenty of action in Saturday’s annual spring game, none gaining a clear edge. Stroud and McCord each threw two touchdown passes in the controlled scrimmage.

Day returns for his third year as the Ohio State head coach. He has 12 starters returning from the 2020 team that finished 7-1 in a season shortened by COVID-19. The Buckeyes won a fourth straight Big Ten championship and advanced to the national championship game, where they were routed by Alabama.

“The No. 1 goal was to come out [of the spring] healthy and we did that,” Day said. “We had a really physical spring. It was great to get out there and get in the stadium and play.”