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Scarlet Sunrise: Justin Fields continues to look like Ohio State’s No. 1 QB

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Justin Fields is getting the first-team reps for Ohio State. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Justin Fields continues to look like Ohio State’s No. 1 QB

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Playmakers shine for offense

Justin Fields didn’t get every rep with the starters on Friday morning during practice No. 11 for the Buckeyes, which Ohio State coach Ryan Day opened up for the media. But the Georgia transfer continued to have more chances to lead the top unit than Matthew Baldwin as the two battle for the job, even if Ohio State isn’t ready to make any sort of pecking order official at this point.

“Not really,” Day said. “Looking at it, the completion percentage is pretty close right now with those guys right now. We’ve been playing a little bit more zone coverage, so the completion percentage is kind of on par with what Dwayne [Haskins] was last spring. So, we want to keep working on that heading into the last week here, I think we should be a little higher than we were last spring because of the style of defense we’re going against.”

In addition to that, Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward made a number of other points you can read about in the Ohio State offense practice observations.

  • Fields flashed a big arm
  • Nicholas Petit-Frere looking good
  • Jaelen Gill showing off his explosiveness
  • Matthew Baldwin hitting deep passes

Defensive tackle looking crowded

Davon Hamilton, Haskell Garrett, Taron Vincent, Jashon Cornell and Tommy Togiai all took first-team reps with the first team during live drills. That’s even leaving out Robert Landers, who hasn’t practiced all spring and won’t until after the spring game. This group could be one of the deepest units on the roster, and all of them are capable of making plays in the middle.

“Who’s really game ready? That’s what it’ll come down to in the preseason” Day said.

In addition to that, Lettermen Row’s Spencer Holbrook wrote about some other topics in the Ohio State defense practice observations.

  • Tyreke Smith emerging at defensive end
  • What will happen with the linebackers?
  • Brendon White taking advantage of Bullet position

Watch Ryan Day, Greg Mattison

Ohio State coach Ryan Day and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison met with the media to update the progress of the Buckeyes as they enter the final week of spring football practice.

WATCH: Ryan Day, Greg Mattison speak with reporters

Mike Schrage hired by Elon

Chris Holtmann will have to replace an assistant coach this offseason. Ohio State basketball assistant Mike Schrage was hired by Elon on Friday.

“I am honored to be named the 18th head men’s basketball coach at Elon University,” Schrage said. “It has been a dream of mine for a long time to lead a program, and I appreciate President Book and Mr. Blank affording me the opportunity at such a great institution. The commitment to athletics that Elon is making is impressive and the future is very bright. Elon is a great fit for me and my family, and we can’t wait to build great relationships with our student-athletes and the Elon community.”

Counting down

  • Oho State spring game: 7 days
  • NFL Draft: 19 days

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Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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