The battle for the starting quarterback position at Ohio State has become a bit clearer following Joe Burrow’s announcement Tuesday. Burrow announced that following his graduation from undergraduate school at Ohio State he will be attending another school for graduate school. Being a graduate transfer, Burrow will not be required to sit out a season due to transfer.
After weeks of struggling with this decision, I have decided to leave Ohio State and explore other options. My teammates and coaches all know the love I feel for them. I will decide where I will play next year in the coming weeks.
— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) May 8, 2018
Burrow graduated from Ohio State on Sunday with his degree in family resource management. After redshirting in 2015, Burrow was the backup to J.T. Barrett in 2017, including a great outing in relief of Barrett against Michigan. While no official decision has been made on where he will go, Burrow will surely have a number of suitors for his talent. ESPN listed a few speculative options for where Burrow will be at in 2018, including LSU, Florida and Nebraska. So far, LSU and Cincinnati have been given permission to contact Burrow. Burrow’s father, Jimmy Burrow, played at Nebraska, later aiding on Nebraska’s coaching staff as an assistant coach. Jimmy is currently the defensive coordinator for the Ohio University Bobcats.
Appearing in 11 games over two seasons for the Buckeyes, the 2014 Ohio Mr. Football award winner was able to pass for 287 yards and two touchdowns. Had he not broke his hand in camp before the 2017 season, Burrow would have likely been Barrett’s backup the entire season. Despite not naming the for sure starter for the Buckeyes next season, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer had nothing but good things to say about Burrow, seemingly supporting the quarterback’s decision to move on from the Buckeyes to play elsewhere. Burrow had been competing with Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell for the starting position for Ohio State in 2018. With this decision, Burrow has made Meyer’s decision a bit easier to figure out from here.