Former Ohio State QB Matthew Baldwin Granted Immediate Eligibility

By September 2, 2019 (8:00 am)Football
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Matthew Baldwin was granted immediate eligibility to play for TCU this season.

Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson told members of the media Baldwin’s reconsideration request had been granted by the NCAA following TCU’s 39-7 win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

The former Ohio State quarterback was initially denied immediate eligibility. Baldwin appealed and the NCAA reversed its decision, waiving the one-year waiting period for a transfer to be granted eligibility.

Mindy Baldwin, Matthew’s mother, told Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch that when it became more aware of Baldwin’s family ties within 100 miles of the university the NCAA changed its decision. She expressed her gratitude for Ohio State’s assistance of Baldwin throughout the waiver process.

Baldwin did not play in the Horned Frogs game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff because he is still recovering from the knee surgery he had in the summer, per Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

No timetable for Baldwin’s return to full strength have been given, but he could vie for playing time upon his return.

Graduate transfer Alex Delton started at quarterback for the Horned Frogs in their season opener but was somewhat ineffective in the big win. The Kansas State transfer completed 10 for 22 passing attempts for 119 yards while adding 67 rushing yards on seven tries, with a long of 54.

True freshman Max Duggan also made an appearance, completing 16 of 23 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown. He interestingly carried the ball twice for minus-4 yards and one touchdown. 

Baldwin could find himself in the mix if he can make a healthy return.