Is Ohio Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud a true freshman?

Jake Nichol November 21, 2021
Is Ohio Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud a true freshman?
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CJ Stroud put in a memorable performance as Ohio State thumped local rivals Michigan State on Saturday, but is he a true freshman? What is his current status, and where is he from?

A rising star in college football, CJ Stroud put in a fantastic performance as his Ohio Buckeyes squad demolished rivals Michigan State over the weekend.

Stroud threw for 432 yards against the Spartans, delivering six touchdowns in a 56-7 rout.

He became the first QB to ever throw six TDs against Michigan State.

But after the performance, some were left wondering what Stroud’s freshman status is, whether he actually is one and where he is from.

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CJ Stroud freshman status revealed

Stroud entered the college football system for the 2020 season, committing to Ohio State.

However, he was not the starting QB for the team, playing back-up to Justin Fields.

Despite this, Stroud did manage a single pass for 48 yards in one of his appearances, leading to one rushing TD.

After Fields was drafted to the Chicago Bears in the draft, Stroud was named as starting QB for Ohio.

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He is currently registered as a redshirt freshman for the Buckeyes.

It means that the current campaign is his true freshman year and extends his eligibility period.

CJ Stroud is therefore not a true freshman, which was his status in the 2020 season.

He could be eligible for the 2024 NFL draft, or 2025 if he plays the full four years in the college system.

Where is he from?

Stroud was born on October 3rd, 2001 in California.

He hails from Rancho Cucamunga, about 40 miles east of Los Angeles.

Stroud’s birth name is Coleridge Bernard Stroud IV.

His height is 6ft 3in and his weight is 218 lbs – or 15.5 stone.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.