Nov. 25, 2023; Ann Arbor, Mi., USA;
Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Kyle McCord (6) warms up before Saturday  s NCAA Division I football game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium.

Report: Ex-Ohio State QB Kyle McCord to transfer to Syracuse

Former Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord is expected to commit to play at Syracuse.

Syracuse.com reported that McCord’s commitment could come as early as Sunday, though the quarterback told 247Sports that he likely wouldn’t have an announcement for a few more days.

He visited Syracuse and new coach Fran Brown this weekend.

“It was good, it was good,” McCord told 247Sports. “I like Fran a lot and have known him for a while. The comfort level is definitely there.”

McCord, from Philadelphia, spent three seasons in Columbus and started in 2023 after C.J. Stroud entered the NFL draft. McCord completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 3,170 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions in 12 games this season.

McCord guided the No. 7 Buckeyes (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten) to a bid to the Cotton Bowl, which will be played Dec. 29 against No. 9 Missouri with Devin Brown starting for Ohio State.

McCord’s only loss came at rival Michigan on Nov. 25 as he threw two touchdowns and two interceptions in the 30-24 defeat.

Since entering the transfer portal on Dec. 4, McCord also took a visit to Nebraska.

–Field Level Media

Sep 9, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Kyle McCord (6) drops to throw during the first quarter against the Youngstown State Penguins at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

QB won: Ohio State commits to Kyle McCord

Comfortable cutting the cord, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day decided to hand the keys to a full-time starting quarterback, promoting junior Kyle McCord to the top of the Buckeyes’ depth chart.

Day said Tuesday that McCord and the Buckeyes are both beneficiaries of moving ahead with an undisputed QB1. The move pushes sophomore Devin Brown to the backup role, which Day said also brings peace of mind to McCord that the job is his.

“It’s good for the team to have that distinction that Kyle is the starter,” Day said.

Ohio State is No. 6 in the latest Top 25 poll and plays Western Kentucky this week. OSU has a showdown at No. 9 Notre Dame on Sept. 23 in the first major test of the season.

McCord has completed 34 of 53 passes for 497 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.

He entered spring camp as the favorite over Brown to replace C.J. Stroud, the No. 2 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. McCord said in fall camp that he trusted Day based on his track record, which includes Justin Fields as his full-time starter prior to Stroud.

“Even though it didn’t happen right away for me, I know it’s a marathon and that if I stuck around, trusted the process, kept getting better, I’d put myself in a good position,” McCord said.

–Field Level Media

Jul 26, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day speaks to the media during the Big 10 football media day at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Day not close to naming winner in Ohio State QB competition

It’s “not ideal,” head coach Ryan Day said, as Ohio State’s starting quarterback competition appears set to continue into the regular season.

Neither Kyle McCord nor Devin Brown have fully seized the No. 1 quarterback job in the coaching staff’s eyes, Day told reporters Monday.

Ohio State, ranked No. 3 in the preseason AP Top 25 poll released Monday, will open its season Sept. 2 at Indiana.

“That’s something we have to decide this week, probably,” Day said. “Are we ready to name someone by the end of the week or does the competition continue into the season? That’s not ideal, but if that’s where we’re at, that’s what we’ll do.”

By this point of fall camp in recent Buckeyes seasons, the program was ready to name a starting quarterback. Past starters included Justin Fields and C.J. Stroud.

Day initially pictured a similar timeline for this year’s camp and had a press conference scheduled for Wednesday before moving it up to Monday.

“In C.J.’s or Justin’s year, it was probably about that time (that we named them the starter), practice 12 or 13,” Day said. “But we’re not there right now.”

Ohio State held a scrimmage on Saturday, but Day and his staff didn’t see enough from either McCord or Brown that would significantly alter their competition.

McCord has seen limited game action in relief of other quarterbacks over the past two seasons. He has tallied 606 yards on 41-of-58 passing, with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Brown was an early enrollee in January 2022 and appeared in two games last season before redshirting. He missed the end of spring practices and the spring game due to a finger injury but is healthy now.

“I do wish that somebody had really emerged,” Day said. “I don’t think, right now, it’s two guys that are just blowing it out of the water to where you’re like, ‘Oh my God, I don’t know who’s going to play.’ But it’s also not like they’re not doing well either. There’s really good play out there, there’s ability. Now we’re just looking for consistency.”

–Field Level Media