A big grad transfer quarterback has been added to the college football landscape as QB Joe Burrow announced on his twitter account that he would be transferring from the Buckeyes.
After weeks of struggling with this decision, I have decided to leave Ohio State and explore other options. 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.
— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) May 8, 2018
This is potential bad news for Tennessee (and good news for Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators).
By most accounts, Burrow will be choosing between Nebraska and Florida as his final destination.
Burrow’s father and brothers played for the Cornhuskers, and Scott Frost is looking for a quarterback after 2017 starter Tanner Lee left for the NFL. However, a special waiver would be required for Burrow to be able to go to Nebraska since it is in Ohio State’s conference.
Which leaves Florida and Dan Mullen.
Florida’s current quarterback situation is less than settled- viz. it kind of sucks. Feleipe Franks guided Florida to a 4-7 season while throwing 9 TDs and 8 INTs with a 54.6 completion percentage. Talented freshman Emory Jones is. . . a freshman.
Which leaves Florida without an immediate answer in Dan Mullen’s inaugural season. He has no ties to Franks. Mullen had previously said that Florida was not looking for a grad transfer “right now,” but right now was back then. Right now, right now is different than right now, back then.
Right now there is a quarterback officially on the market that wasn’t before.
Just how good or impactful would Burrow be at Florida? Well, we don’t know.
Burrow has seen limited action in his career, completing just 29 of 37 pass attempts with 2TDs and no interceptions. But if you believe in recruiting rankings, he’s talented with potential. He was a part of OSU’s class of 2015 as the 8th ranked dual quarterback and a top 300 prospect.
Many feel as if Tennessee will be starting a grad transfer when the Vols and Gators match up in September. Let’s keep our eyes peeled to see if Florida will go the same route.