A Look At How Past Ohio State QB Transfers Have Fared At Their New Destinations

By May 20, 2018 (2:00 pm)Football, Ryan McGlade
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Joe Burrow is the latest quarterback to transfer from Ohio State, as he is LSU-bound.

Joe Burrow becomes the newest addition to the list of quarterbacks who have transferred from Ohio State, announcing on Friday that he will play at LSU this fall. (Credit: Tim Moody/BSB)

Now that Burrow is set to take on a new endeavor at the SEC school, Buckeye Sports Bulletin has decided to look back at past quarterbacks who have left Ohio State to pursue other options.

What follows is a breakdown of said quarterbacks, listed in alphabetical order, who have transferred from Ohio State and how they performed at their new landing spots.

Arnold Fontes

Fontes came to Ohio State in the fall of 1964. The Canton, Ohio, native did more running and catching than throwing as a Buckeye, though. In 1965 and 1966 combined, he rushed for 100 yards and one touchdown on 39 carries and caught 10 passes for 144 yards and two more scores. Meanwhile, he only threw the ball six times, completing two throws for 19 yards while also tossing an interception.

Fontes then transferred to Eastern Michigan, where he completed 49 of 107 passes (45.8 percent) for 725 yards with five touchdowns and 11 picks in 1968. In addition to his quarterback duties, Fontes also was the Eagles’ placekicker. He made 21 extra points and two field goals in ’68.

Torrance Gibson

Prior to Burrow, Gibson was the most recent quarterback to transfer out of Ohio State. Gibson inked his letter of intent to OSU’s 2015 recruiting class as a four-star quarterback out of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage.

Gibson redshirted his first year at Ohio State in 2015 after switching to receiver. He was then suspended by the school for the 2016 fall semester.

Gibson transferred to Cincinnati to play for former Ohio State defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell before leaving the school and landing at Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College, where he played in seven games at quarterback last season and was successful on 57 of 108 passes (52.8 percent) for 542 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.

He will now test his talents north of the border, as he signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League back in March.

Taylor Graham

Graham, the son of former Buckeye signal caller Kent Graham, was a member of Ohio State’s 2010 recruiting class. A product of Wheaton (Ill.) North, the younger Graham left OSU for Hawaii following the 2011 season after finishing behind freshman Braxton Miller, sophomore Kenny Guiton and senior Joe Bauserman in the Buckeyes’ quarterback competition.

Though placing last in the QB derby, Graham threw for 91 yards in OSU’s spring game in 2011, the most yards by any signal caller in the scrimmage. He completed 4 of 9 passes, including a 68-yard touchdown to T.Y. Williams, before deciding to transfer to Hawaii.

After sitting out the 2012 season, Graham earned the starting job for Hawaii at the outset of the 2013 campaign. In the opener against USC, though, he only converted 16 of 41 tosses (39.0 percent) for 208 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions while getting sacked seven times in a 30-13 loss. He stated the next two games before being relegated to the bench.

In two years at Hawaii, Graham appeared in eight contests, throwing for 595 yards with three touchdowns and six picks on 58-of-122 passing (47.5 percent).

Antonio Henton

Henton redshirted his first season at Ohio State in 2006. He then only saw limited playing time in 2007 (four games, 3-of-6 passing for 57 yards and one touchdown) behind Todd Boeckman, in addition to being suspended for misdemeanor charges of allegedly soliciting a prostitute near Ohio State’s campus.

A native of Fort Valley, Ga., Henton decided to return home, as he transferred to Georgia Southern ahead of the 2008 season. At the time, Georgia Southern was an FCS school, so he was allowed to play immediately for the Eagles. However, he only played one season for Georgia Southern before leaving.

In his one year at Georgia Southern, Henton started the first 10 games of the 2008 season, completing 156 of 279 passes (55.9 percent) for 1,852 yards with 15 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. He also led the Eagles with 628 rushing yards.

Henton, who was 5-5 as a starter, was replaced by redshirt freshman Lee Chapple in the finale. Henton left the program the following February.

Austin Moherman 

Moherman redshirted his first season at Ohio State in 1997. He then served as a backup to Joe Germaine in ’98 before getting his shot the following year.

Moherman beat out fellow sophomore Steve Bellisari for the starting quarterback job for the 1999 season opener against Miami (Fla.), a 23-12 loss for the Buckeyes. Moherman also started the second game of the year at home against UCLA, before giving way to Bellisari in the second quarter. From that point forward, Bellisari took over as OSU’s first-string signal caller.

In 14 games as a Buckeye, Moherman completed 36 of 76 passes (47.4 percent) for 435 yards with two touchdowns and five picks.

Hailing from Mission Viejo, Calif., Moherman transferred to Missouri State, where he completed 308 of 558 passes (55.2 percent) for 3,965 yards with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 2000 and 2001 combined.

Rob Schoenhoft 

Like Henton, Schoenhoft also lost the job to Boeckman in 2007 and left Ohio State after that season. He decided to head to Delaware, where Joe Flacco had just wrapped up his collegiate career and was moving on to the NFL.

While donning the Scarlet and Gray, Schoenhoft completed 16 of 26 passes for 134 yards. In just nine games with Delaware, he completed 112 of 208 passes for 1,278 yards with seven touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

After the 2008 season, Schoenhoft was replaced by another Big Ten transfer, Pat Devlin, who came over from Penn State.