Kyle McCord will be the starter going forward with Devin Brown in line for playing time. This is the best decision for the team and Day knows it, especially with its biggest game to date on the horizon: Notre Dame.
The Pennsylvania native was great against Youngstown State, completing 14- of-20 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns. Brown played well against YSU, but was clearly behind McCord in his progression. The team can now focus on an offense that suits McCord’s skill set.
Ryan Day has named his QB1: “Kyle is going to be the starter. Still planning on playing Devin, But Kyle has stepped up and he is going to be the starter. It’s just the overall consistency he’s been playing with.” #Buckeyes
— Dave Biddle (@davebiddle) September 12, 2023
You could see the differences in what was trying to be accomplished when each was given playing time: McCord had more traditional drop back play calls; Brown ran zone read and straight quarterback runs.
Having Brown as a change of pace is a good idea, but you can’t just have him go out there and run the ball every time. I’d like to see a red zone package for him, with some trick plays mixed in.
McCord being named the unquestioned starter will hopefully settle the offense that has been a bit stagnant this season, compared to the last few.