COLUMBUS (AP) — Devin Brown, who is competing with Kyle McCord for the Ohio State starting quarterback’s job, had surgery on his throwing hand on Wednesday — and missed the final four days of spring practice.
Coach Ryan Day said McCord and Oregon State transfer Tristan Gebbia would be the top two quarterbacks in the spring game on Saturday.
McCord has more experience than Brown and is considered the front-runner to succeed C.J. Stroud.
McCord started against Akron in 2021, and appeared in seven games last season as the top backup.
Brown, who redshirted last season and did not play in a game, had surgery on a finger on his right hand.
Day, who didn’t disclose how or when Brown was hurt, said Brown should resume throwing soon.
Day said the competition between McCord and Brown remains too close to call.
“It would be nice to have it be black and white,” he said. “I can’t sit here and tell you it is right now. I think they’ve both done really good things, they both have things they can improve on. There are no games or agenda here. It’s two guys competing, and one day one guy has the upper hand and the next day the other guy might have the upper hand.”