QB Joe Burrow Announces Transfer From OSU

By May 8, 2018 (12:17 pm)Football, Garrett Stepien
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Joe Burrow is transferring from Ohio State.

The 6-3, 215-pound quarterback announced his decision Tuesday on Twitter.

He is immediately eligible as a graduate transfer with two years left.

“After weeks of struggling with this decision, I have decided to leave Ohio State and explore other options,” Burrow said in a tweet. “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.”

Burrow joined the Buckeyes as a four-star recruit out of The Plains (Ohio) Athens in the class of 2015. Rated by the 247Sports composite as the No. 280 overall player, No. 8 dual-threat quarterback and No. 11 in Ohio, he spent his three years at OSU as a backup behind former starter J.T. Barrett.

When he broke a bone in his right hand during training camp last season, Burrow fell behind Dwayne Haskins on the depth chart. They battled with redshirt freshman Tate Martell for the starting job in the spring, but no official decision was made by Ohio State.

Burrow played sparingly off the bench, but he showed flashes of his ability in 10 games. After he redshirted his freshman year in 2015, Burrow completed 29 of his 39 passes (74.4 percent) for 287 yards and two touchdowns to zero interceptions in 2016-17.

In the spring game April 14, the fourth-year junior shined when he went 15 of 22 for 238 yards and two touchdowns — deep shots of 50 and 42 yards to sophomore H-back Demario McCall.

“I came here to play,” Burrow said after the spring game. “I didn’t come here to sit on the bench for four years. I know I’m a pretty darn good quarterback, and I want to play somewhere.”