Joe Burrow spent most of the spring as the subject of transfer rumors. Saturday, during the Buckeyes’ Spring Game, he did everything he could to put those rumors to rest.
Burrow threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns, helping to lead the Gray team to a 37-14 win.
Early on, Burrow and Dwayne Haskins split snaps for the Gray, which was made up of the first team offense and second-team defense.
If this was his last chance to make an impression on the coaches, Burrow went out with a bang. He connected with Demario McCall on two long touchdown passes on the final two drives of the game.
After the game, Burrow said he would meet with head coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinators Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day to discuss his future.
“Now some decisions have to be made. You have to step back and evaluate everything,” he said.
Burrow has openly discussed the possibility that he could transfer to another school before next season. But he will appear in Ohio Stadium at least once more.
Burrow is on track to get his degree at Spring Commencement in the Horseshoe on May 6. Once he graduates, he will have the option to transfer to another school without sitting out a season.
“That was a big decision for me. I had to really load up my class load the last three semesters to do that. That was something that I wanted to have on the table if it didn’t work out,” said Burrow.
Burrow stopped short of saying he would have to be named starting quarterback to stay. But there’s no doubt what his decision will be based on.
“I came here to play. I didn’t come here to sit on the bench for four years,” he said. “I know I’m a pretty darn good quarterback and I want to play somewhere.”
It sounds like Burrow won’t have to wait long to have the information he’s waiting for. Meyer planned to start figuring out the quarterback situation as soon as he left his postgame interview.
“I’m actually going to meet with Ryan (Day) and Kevin Wilson today,” said Meyer. “Monday we’re going to meet in earnest. I want to see all the data; everything that we did all spring. That helps me a little bit.”
Now that Burrow has stated his case, he says the pressure is now off as he waits to hear what the coaching staff has planned.
“I would say it’s a lot less stressful than actually being in the competition. Now you can just kind of sit back and relax,” he said.
“You know the body of work that you’ve had. I know I played very well and I know I took a big step as a leader this spring as well.”
Burrow said he left the Spring Game feeling like he had been given a fair shot at the job.
“I was a little apprehensive about it in December. Coach Meyer and Coach Day assured me that it would be even. I was very happy with how they handled it,” he said.
“I think this spring I played just about as well as I could. I put everything I had into it. That decision is for the coaches.”
That said, there’s no question what Burrow is hoping to hear when he meets with those coaches this week.
“It would be really hard for me to leave. I’ve put so much into this and I’ve put my heart and soul into it. If I were to leave it would be pretty devastating for me. But at the same time, I would understand how they went.”