QB Joe Burrow Reportedly Will Transfer from Ohio State to LSU

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2018

FILE - In this April 14, 2018, file photo, Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow drops back to pass during an NCAA college spring football game in Columbus, Ohio. Facing the possibility of sitting as a backup for a third season at Ohio State, quarterback Joe Burrow announced on Tuesday, May 8, 2018,  his intention to transfer. The news from the redshirt junior, delivered via Twitter, wasn’t unexpected.  (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
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Former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Joe Burrow is reportedly heading to the SEC.

According to Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Burrow—who elected to transfer out of Ohio State's crowded quarterback room before the 2018 season—chose the LSU Tigers as his destination. Groeschen noted Burrow had narrowed his choices to LSU or the University of Cincinnati.

Burrow was in the thick of the race to be J.T. Barrett's backup at Ohio State prior to the 2017 season, but he broke his hand in August and needed surgery. He fell behind Dwayne Haskins, who took advantage of his opportunity to play hero in the rivalry game against Michigan after Barrett was injured. He led the Buckeyes to a 31-20 comeback win.

The return of Haskins and Tate Martell, who was a 4-star prospect and the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2017, per 247Sports' composite rankings, limited Burrow's options had he stayed with the Scarlet and Gray.

Burrow completed 22 of 28 passes for 226 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions in 2016 and was 7-of-11 for 61 yards in limited time in 2017.

The question now is where he will fit with the Tigers, and Alex Hickey of SEC Country noted head coach Ed Orgeron wouldn't have gone after the graduate transfer if he hadn't "determined that Burrow has a chance to be better than any quarterback on the roster."

He will need to compete with the likes of Justin McMillan, Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse, but the Tigers could use immediate improvement. They were an ugly 84th in the country in passing yards per game last year.

Improved production through the air is the only way LSU is going to compete with Alabama and the rest of the SEC West, and Burrow will look to provide just that.

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