Ohio State coach Ryan Day says Georgia transfer Justin Fields will be the starting quarterback when the Buckeyes open the season Aug. 31 against Florida Atlantic.

Day's announcement Monday put a rubber stamp on what most figured was a foregone conclusion.

As Ohio State's newly minted coach, Day lured Fields — one of the top-ranked prep prospects nationally in the 2018 recruiting class — to Columbus in January to succeed quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., who is now playing for the NFL's Washington Redskins.

Since training camp opened, Day insisted that Fields, a Harrison High School graduate, would have to beat out graduate transfer Gunnar Hoak, an Ohio kid who played only sparingly at Kentucky. Hoak is expected to be Fields' backup.

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