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Joe Burrow Confirms He Is Transferring To LSU

Ohio State Football Buckeyes quarterback Joe Burrow

Former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow has now confirmed that he will transfer to LSU.

Burrow graduated from OSU in May and will be eligible to play two seasons for the Tigers, beginning this fall.

Friday night, Burrow tweeted, “Excited to be playing in Death Valley next season. Ready to get to work.”

Burrow initially announced plans to transfer on May 8, and quickly zeroed in on three possible destinations.

He visited former OSU head coach Luke Fickell and the Cincinnati Bearcats late last week.

He then made a three-day visit to LSU with his family over the weekend before making a trip to North Carolina.

If he wins the starting job with the Tigers, he would replace another Big Ten quarterback transfer as its starter.

Former Purdue Boilermaker Danny Etling started in Baton Rouge the last two seasons.

Following his departure, the quarterback position there was wide open.

Sophomore Myles Brennan got the bulk of the first-team snaps for the Tigers this spring. He threw for only 182 yards with 1 touchdown and two interceptions as a backup last fall.

Redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse and junior Justin McMillan are also in the running for the job.

Joe Burrow 2018 Spring Game
Joe Burrow threw two touchdowns in the Spring Game

Burrow immediately becomes the frontrunner for that starting position.

Assuming he does win the job, he would start in the same stadium where he spent his last game as a Buckeye. LSU opens against the Miami Hurricanes in Arlington, Texas.

A year ago, he was considered the favorite to win the backup job behind J.T. Barrett. However, he broke a bone in his hand during 2017 fall camp and missed several weeks.

By the time he was healthy again, he was behind both Barrett and Dwayne Haskins on the depth chart.

Burrow was impressive during spring practice this year. He completed 15-of-22 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns that day. Afterward, he sounded like he knew what he needed to hear to stay with the Buckeyes.

I came here to play. I didn’t come here to sit on the bench for four years,” he said following the Spring Game. “I know I’m a pretty darn good quarterback and I want to play somewhere.”

In total, Burrow spent three seasons with the Buckeyes. He redshirted in 2015 and then saw limited action as a backup in 2016 and 2017.

He finished his Ohio State career with 287 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air.

9 Responses

  1. Rooting for Joe Burrow to have a great two years at LSU and prepare himself for “the next level.” At the same time, I’m sure all of us Buckeye fans are hoping Dwayne Haskins proves to be everything he’s projected to be, and that we don’t find ourselves wishing, “Gee, if only Joe Burrow were still here!”

  2. I agree Bucks1962. But if LSU and the Bucks happen to meet I’m rooting for Joe Burrow. Being from South Carolina and raised Ohio I like a few teams in the SEC plus Ohio State. I think Joe is better than Haskins and Barrett.

    1. I also think LSU’s schedule is more difficult, competitive and challenging than the Bucks.

    2. I will never understand thinking Joe is better than Barrett or Haskins. He was at OSU for 3 years and never won the job. So, are three different QB coaches wrong? Is Meyer and Wilson and Day wrong? Internet posters who never attended a practice…..the room….the locker room and scrimmages somehow have more insight than people with no skin in the game? How can this be?

      1. Jack Nause: Urban was in love with JT and would never had given anyone else a chance . . .especially after the way Warriner screwed up the Cardale Jones situation in 2015. I think that either Haskins or Burrow gave us a better chance to win a national championship last year than did JT because of the way good teams did not fear JT’s passing. I also think Burrow is a more versatile QB than Haskins because of a better touch on short passes and also a better runner.
        That said, we are where we are and Haskins is the man. I just hope he doesn’t get hurt.

      2. The coaches were wrong many times. Krenzel and Troy Smith only got opportunities to see the field because the starters ( best players in the coaches mind) got in trouble and were benched allowing the 2nd string QBs a chance to show that they were better. Burrow should of been starting the last 2 seasons and Jones the year before.

  3. Good for Joe going to the SEC West and playing Miami, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, and of course Alabama in 2018. Nice to see him pushing himself and trying to be the best he can be. Wish him the best of luck and hoping we play him and LSU in the playoffs this year, with the Buckeyes coming out on top of course.

    Go Bucks!

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