5. Kyle McCord
There is one quarterback that’s not getting talked about enough, especially in the Big Ten and that’s Kyle McCord, who was ranked 28th overall in the 2021 recruiting class. He was also a five-star quarterback.
McCord was ranked as the sixth-best quarterback in 2021 and there are a lot of talented signal-callers such as McCarthy, who is playing for arch-rival Michigan.
The winner of that battle could go a long way in determining who is going to win, “The Game” next season but college football fans shouldn’t discount McCord.
Ryan Day has also proven to be one of the best offensive play callers in college football. Ohio State is loaded at the wide receiver position and while McCord, sort of like Simpson and Beck, hasn’t won the starting job yet, he’s my favorite to do so.
The 6-foot-4 quarterback hasn’t played much during his first two seasons, but he was the backup for C.J. Stroud last season and with Marvin Harrison Jr. and all the other skill talent at Ohio State, my guess is that McCord will put up big numbers in 2023, just like Stoud has the past two seasons.
That’s why McCord makes our cut for college football breakout candidates at quarterback going into the 2023 season.