By Oliver Mauntel
Last Monday, the now-former Ohio State quarterback announced that he had decided to transfer out and complete his final two years of eligibility elsewhere. Burrow had been competing with Dwayne Haskins for the starting job throughout the spring. Since Burrow is a graduate transfer, he will have the opportunity to play immediately, rather than sitting out a year. Although Burrow was unable to secure the starting job at Ohio State, he is still talented enough to start nearly anywhere he chooses to play. As Burrow may be the most highly coveted transfer on the market, there will be a fair share of teams clamoring for his services. Listed below are a few potential fits for Joe Burrow:
Schematically, Burrow would be the ideal signal caller to kick off Scott Frost’s tenure at Nebraska. At UCF, McKenzie Milton was a similar type of quarterback for Frost. Milton is smaller than Burrow, but they both have the ability to make plays outside of the pocket. Last year’s starter, Tanner Lee, decided to depart school early and head to the NFL. Lee’s absence leaves an open hole at the quarterback position. Also, Burrow has family connections to the Cornhuskers program; his father and two brothers all played for Nebraska. However, there is a potential hindrance if Burrow desires to go to Nebraska: since Nebraska is also in the Big Ten, Burrow would need a waiver to transfer there.
Among Burrow’s options, Florida may provide the best opportunity for him to flourish. Dan Mullen is a quarterback whiz, having coached the likes of Alex Smith, Tim Tebow, Dak Prescott, and Nick Fitzgerald. Florida’s incumbent starting quarterback, Feleipe Franks, struggled mightily last year. Neither of the other quarterbacks on Florida’s roster have taken a snap at the college level (Kyle Trask and Emory Jones). Jones, an incoming freshman, is a former Ohio State commit. In an ideal world, the Gators would redshirt Jones during his first season. Adding Burrow would help stabilize Florida’s quarterback dilemma and would give Dan Mullen ample time to fully develop Jones.
Like Nebraska, LSU is also without a veteran quarterback. The Tigers reportedly have three horse race for the starting job, which consists of Myles Brennan, Lowell Narcisse, and Justin McMillan. Brennan has attempted a total of 24 passes in his career, whereas McMillan has thrown one. Narcisse will be a freshman this fall. LSU has yet to have a reliable quarterback during Ed Orgeron’s tenure. Even without a solid passing game, LSU still managed to win nine games last season. LSU has the pieces to compete in the SEC West, and a quarterback is just the final piece to the puzzle.