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Former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow to transfer to LSU

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The former Buckeye will be able to play immediately, and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

NCAA Football: Rutgers at Ohio State Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

After receiving a business degree on May 6, Joe Burrow took two days to discuss his playing and academic future with his family and mentors, and then announced that he would exercise his option as a graduate to transfer to another school and to continue playing immediately.

With two years of eligibility remaining, today we learned that Burrow will be continuing his career at LSU. After a weekend trip to visit Ed Orgeron’s program, Burrow will be looking to replace another former Big Ten quarterback, Danny Etling, who transferred to the Bayou following two years at Purdue. Etling was taken in the final round of the NFL Draft by the New England Patriots in April.

The Tigers finished eighth in the SEC last season in passing yards per game with 203.5, yet were second-from-last in the league with only 23.1 passing attempts per game. LSU has only finished in the top half of the conference in passing yards per game once (6th in 2013) since the SEC expanded to 14 teams in 2012. Burrow will be competing with sophomore Myles Brennan for the starting job.

In limited action over two seasons as a Buckeye, Burrow completed 29 of 39 passing attempts for 287 yards and two touchdowns. However, in both 2016 and 2017, he has shown well in OSU spring games, going 15-of-22 for 238 yards last month at the ‘Shoe.

Reports indicated that Burrow was able to speak with any school in the country, other than those in the Big Ten. If he had wanted to transfer to an in-league program— perhaps his father’s alma mater, Nebraska— he would have needed to file a special request with the university athletic program.

Burrow graduated from Athens High School, as his father, Jimmy Burrow, has been the defensive coordinator at Ohio University for 13 seasons. The 6-foot-three-inch quarterback was named the Ohio Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2013, and came to Columbus as a four-star prospect.

However, slotted to be the primary backup to J.T. Barrett last season, Burrow broke his hand following through on a pass during a practice the week before the 2017 season began, and hitting a lineman’s helmet. From there, Dwayne Haskins seized the opportunity and quickly became a fan-favorite replacing Barrett in garbage-time in lop-sided victories. However, he officially staked his claim to the role of heir apparent by orchestrating a comeback against Michigan last November.

Haskins and Burrow were thought to be neck-and-neck throughout spring practice, as head coach Urban Meyer refused to name a favorite. So, with no guarantee that he would start for the Buckeyes, and a diploma in hand, Burrow decided to find a landing spot that would allow him to play right away.

We with Burrow the best... unless of course he ends up playing the Buckeyes!