As Ryan Day approached the microphones and cameras Wednesday, the first thing he heard from a reporter was, “And your No. 2 quarterback is?”

Day, the first-year Ohio State quarterbacks coach, smiled and retorted, “Just jump right into it?”

Except he did not jump right into it. After 15 practices and a spring game that turned into a shootout of sorts between backup wannabes Joe Burrow, a sophomore, and Dwayne Haskins Jr., a redshirt freshman, Day offered no answer about who will be No. 2 behind J.T. Barrett. Haskins and Burrow both were very good in the spring game.

“I’m proud of the way the guys competed, all of them, this spring,” Day said. “And I said that going into this spring that I thought all four of them felt like they should be the starter, and I think they all still feel that way. They all competed that way this spring.

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“So it being my first time with them in the room and going through spring, I thought it was very productive.”

Yes, he said four. He counted freshman early enrollee Tate Martell in the mix, even though Martell saw limited time both in the student appreciation day practice on April 8 and in the spring game. But he did throw a touchdown pass in the former and snaked his way to a TD run in the latter.

Day said “I’m impressed with all four of them, and I think that you see two guys (Haskins and Burrow) behind J.T. that are really building, and they’re growing as quarterbacks. They’re both still young but they’re getting better every practice.

“We talk about it, are they game-ready? That’s the goal, as we get to August, are those guys ready to go in there and play? J.T. is a great leader, but those guys are really stepping up, too.”

Some fans left the spring game grumbling that Barrett threw an interception and Burrow and Haskins did not. And fans remember how last season ended, not just a 31-0 loss to Clemson in playoff semifinal but inconsistent passing attack in the toughest games.

Day, whose last gig was with the San Francisco 49ers, sees Barrett from a different perspective. As he and other coaches have noted, the problems with the passing game in key junctures last year was as much a malfunction of the whole offense as it was the play of Barrett.

“You look at what J.T. has done since he’s been here, it goes without saying,” Day said, referring Barrett’s multiple school records and being voted by coaches co-winner of the 2016 Chicago Tribune Silver Football, which goes to the Big Ten’s most outstanding player. “His experience is unlike anybody else (at quarterback) in college football.

“As a coach that kind of helps us sleep at night. He’s done it … and that speaks for itself.”