QB Joe Burrow leaving Ohio State, becomes top grad transfer option

Arnold Nichols
May 9, 2018

The Ohio State quarterback took to twitter on Tuesday to announce that he is in fact entering the grad transfer market.

After an intense spring competition between Joe Burrow, Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell, the coaching staff at Ohio State seems no closer to naming a starter. After passing for 238 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game, Burrow made it clear he wanted a chance to play significantly this fall.

"After weeks of struggling with this decision, I have chose to leave Ohio State and explore other options", Burrow said on Twitter.

Haskins backed up J.T. Barrett last season and played well in relief of Barrett in Ohio State's win at MI. When Barrett had to be removed from the MI game with a knee injury, Haskins went 6-of-7 through the air for 94 yards and led three scoring drives in the Buckeyes' 31-20 comeback win.

A key domino fell in Ohio State's quarterback race Tuesday.

"After weeks of struggling with this decision, I have chose to leave Ohio State and explore other options". He has two years of eligibility remaining.

Many schools have been linked to Burrow in recent weeks, even before the news of his transfer became public.

Burrow spent 2016, his redshirt freshman year, as the backup to the now-departed J.T. Barrett, playing in five games in mop-up duty and completing 22 of 28 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns. As noted by SEC Country's Sam Spiegelman, LSU is a school that very well could play a role in Burrow's future.

Burrow grew up in Athens in southeastern Ohio, where his father, Jimmy, is the longtime defensive coordinator for coach Frank Solich at Ohio University. Haskins played admirably after replacing an injured Barrett at MI, completing 6 of 7 passes, setting up a touchdown with a key scramble, and winning the game, but the rest of his playing time at Ohio State has come in blowouts.

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