Ohio State head coach Ryan Day announced Saturday that C.J. Stroud will be the Buckeyes' starting quarterback for their Week 1 game against Big Ten rival Minnesota on Sept. 2.
"He has separated himself with his leadership skills, accuracy," Day told reporters after Stroud competed with Jack Miller and Kyle McCord for the top spot on the QB depth chart.
Stroud became the presumptive starter after an impressive showing in OSU's spring game. He completed 14 of his 19 throws for 175 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Buckeyes began training camp with an open competition for the starting job, but Day made it clear Monday that Stroud was the front-runner based on his all-around performances.
"I don't know how much separation, I'm not sure, but every day he's been competing, he's been taking care of the football, making good decisions, he's been a leader," Day said. "Those are all some of the traits we've been looking for. Certainly moving the team down the field to score touchdowns is something we've been looking for."
Now the decision is official.