Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow feels like he made his case to be the Buckeyes starting quarterback over the last five weeks in spring practice. But could the team’s spring game Saturday be the last time Burrow suits up in an Ohio State uniform?
The redshirt junior doesn’t know what his future in Columbus holds, but he told reporters after the spring scrimmage that he doesn’t want to be a backup again in 2018. It’s been previously acknowledged that Burrow potentially could transfer if he loses the starting job to Dwayne Haskins or Tate Martell.
“I came here to play. I didn’t come here to sit on the bench for four years, and I know I’m a pretty darn good quarterback,” Burrow said Saturday when he was asked if he needs to be named the starter in order to stay at Ohio State. “And I want to play somewhere.”
Haskins was J.T. Barrett’s backup in the 2017 season, winning the No. 2 job after Burrow broke a bone in his right hand during training camp. Burrow and Haskins had a neck-and-neck battle to be Ohio State’s 2018 starting quarterback this spring, a race Urban Meyer said was undecided entering the spring game. He said the same thing after the game Saturday.
Burrow completed 15 of his 22 passes for 238 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions in the spring game. Haskins had 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 9-of-19 passing. Here’s a full box score.
Meyer will meet with assistants Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson as the Buckeyes try to make a decision. Burrow could have a choice to make as well in the coming weeks.
“We just have to have a conversation together, that will be with Coach Meyer, Coach Wilson, Coach Day and we’ll kind of see how it goes. I would say just about everything is on the table right now,” Burrow said.
He added: “Now, some decisions have to be made. You have to step back and evaluate everything. You’ve got to meet with you coaches, see what they’re thinking, what you’re thinking and then you have to kind of meet in the middle.”
Leaving after three years in Columbus would not be easy for Burrow.
“It would be really hard for me to leave,” Burrow said. “I’ve put so much into this, I’ve put my heart and soul into it and if I were to leave, it would be pretty devastating for me. At the same time, I would understand how they went.”