With the transfer announcement of Ohio State redshirt junior QB Joe Burrow, redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins should now be considered the frontrunner to start this year. Two SEC schools specifically, LSU and Florida, have been connected to Burrow.
What does Burrow's transfer mean for Ohio State?Haskins was perceived to have the edge, so Burrow is looking to spend his final two years of eligibility elsewhere.
"After weeks of struggling with this decision, I have chose to leave Ohio State and explore other options", Burrow said on Twitter. "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 wrote. Florida may have even more uncertainty behind center than LSU at the moment, and new Gators coach Dan Mullen is a protégé of current Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.
Burrow redshirted in 2015 and appeared in 11 games as a reserve in the past two seasons, passing for 287 yards and two touchdowns. After he healed, he got few snaps the rest of the way. The Buckeyes wide receivers will likely benefit from the change, with Haskins profiling as a better passer than Barrett.
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Burrow bested Haskins in the spring game last month. At the same time however, no decision on the starting gig will be made any time soon. Burrow passed for 238 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game on April 14, and his last pass at Ohio Stadium was a Hail Mary for a touchdown on an untimed down. "I know I'm a pretty darn good quarterback and I want to play somewhere".
Burrow grew up in Athens in southeastern Ohio, where his father, Jimmy, is the longtime defensive coordinator for coach Frank Solich at Ohio University.
The move leaves the Buckeyes thin on experience at quarterback. Haskins nearly certainly will be No. 1, possibly with some packages to feature the fleet and slippery Martell.
Haskins tweeted in support of Burrow on Tuesday, writing, "Good luck to you brotha!"