The Ohio State Buckeyes are having a quarterback competition this upcoming season and it was a three horse race during the spring between Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell.
It’s now down to two as redshirt junior Joe Burrow, who graduated on Sunday from Ohio State announced via Twitter that he was transferring to go play college football elsewhere.
Burrow redshirted his freshman season in 2015 and was a backup during the 2016 and 2017 seasons seeing limited snaps in 11 appearances throwing for 287 yards and two touchdowns.
He was a 4-star prospect coming out of Athens High School in Ohio where had great success throwing for 157 touchdowns and over 11,400 yards including his senior season where he threw 63 touchdowns and just two interceptions in route to a state runner up finish in Division III and being named Ohio Mr. Football.
Burrow was likely going to be the backup to J.T. Barrett last season when he broke his hand during summer camp which sidelined him and let Haskins step up and hold a firm grip on the backup role.
Haskins performed well when he was on the field including his extended time against Michigan last November while Barrett was on the sideline with a knee injury.
Of course you can’t forget about Martell who was a highly touted recruit coming out of Nevada and was a redshirt during last season and has drawn comparisons to Johnny Manziel’s play on the field.
Burrow had a great spring game last month with 238 yards and two touchdowns and made it clear he wanted to play a lot this coming season.
“I didn’t come here to sit on the bench for four years,” he told reporters in Columbus, “and I know I’m a pretty darn good quarterback. I want to play somewhere.”
There’s already been rumors swirling about where he might end up. Since he’s a graduate transfer and with two years of eligibility left, he can transfer and play immediately.
Nebraska and Florida seem to be the frontrunners according to reports and ESPN also mentioned LSU is a potential landing spot. All three teams have a spot for a quarterback and as talented as Burrow is could help their teams out immediately.
There’s a connection between Nebraska and the Burrow family as Joe’s father Jimmy, who is the defensive coordinator at Ohio University played football there and was also an assistant on the coaching staff previously.
I think with Burrow deciding to transfer is telling that Haskins is likely going to be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes but don’t be surprised if Martell doesn’t push Haskins once the team regroups for summer camp to get ready for the season.