Joe Burrow has read your tweets suggesting he should transfer. The Ohio State quarterback is one of three competitors for the Buckeyes’ starting spot, along with Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell, and he isn’t headed anywhere just yet.
Seeing those tweets suggesting or assuming he should transfer does bother him, Burrow told reporters Thursday at Ohio State’s pro day.
“For about a year, I get all these tweets, ‘Where are you going? Are you going to transfer? You’re never going to play.’ I see them. I don’t say anything, but I see them,” Burrow said.
Burrow was competing with Haskins for Ohio State’s backup quarterback job before breaking a bone in his throwing hand in preseason camp. Burrow resumed competition with Haskins for the backup job, but appeared in 4 games to Haskins’ 8, and the younger QB was the one called into action after J.T. Barrett went down with an injury against Michigan.
The third-year quarterback told reporters after Ohio State’s Cotton Bowl win that he was considering a transfer but was “leaning toward staying.” Next season would be Burrow’s fourth in Columbus, but only his third as an active player since he redshirted his first campaign with the program in 2015. He could have transferred this winter, but returned for spring practice for a chance to compete for the starting job.
“Well, I was convinced that it was going to be an open competition and that’s why I wanted to stay and give it my best shot,” Burrow told reporters Thursday. “They said that they’ll make a decision soon, and we’ll see.”
“Really, whoever is playing the best is going to play,” offensive coordinator Ryan Day said. “Anybody who is playing at quarterback, if he’s the best quarterback, he’s going to play. It’s not just a two-person race. Whoever is out there moving the team down the field is going to play. Obviously the guys are competing and working with that.”
Ohio State’s OC and QB coach isn’t the only one chiming in on the competition, either.
Former Ohio State QB Cardale Jones gave a quick assessment of Burrow and Haskins in an interview with Land of 10’s Austin Ward:
“I’ve thrown a couple times with both those guys, I kind of caught the beginning of the first practice and I’ve just been around watching a little bit. Dwayne is a bigger guy who can kill you in the pocket and down the field, and he can run when he needs to run. Definitely there are some comparisons there. But Joe is almost damn-near identical, and he’s freaking pinpoint with his accuracy and stuff like that.
“Both Dwayne and Joe are kind of lighting it up right now. Both of them are learning from each other’s mistakes, and you can tell because for the most part they both get reps with the ones and twos. I’m looking forward to the battle, because you’ve got two great quarterbacks who, in my opinion, are pretty much the same player.”