Justin Fields feels like a different quarterback than he did at the end of spring practice.

Ohio State’s starting job isn’t his – yet – as coach Ryan Day said he will let training camp play out before naming the starter. Sunday was only the third day of camp.

Fields, who is competing with Kentucky graduate transfer Gunnar Hoak, isn’t in a hurry for a starter to be named. The transfer from Georgia is concentrating simply on improvement.

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“Coach Day told me before I came here that it just wasn't going to be given to me,” Fields said. “We're all trying to get that starting spot, of course, but we're just going to take it day by day and just try to improve every day as a team.”

That appears to be happening. Fields said that fifth-year senior lineman Branden Bowen told him that the offense was “doing better earlier in camp” than previous Buckeye teams.

“So I think we're making good progress,” Fields said. “And I definitely have more chemistry with the other receivers now just from throwing after other workouts in the summer.”

Fields said he and Buckeye receivers didn’t take more than five days off all summer from throwing inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

“I know they run their routes and just kind of who can do what,” he said.

As the No. 2-ranked prospect in the 2018 recruiting class, Fields faces a lot of pressure. He seems unaffected by it.

“You've just got to embrace it,” he said. “All this hype and all that, you’ve just got to back it up. I try to stay even-keeled and just don't even listen to the outside people. Just keep my head down and work.”

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