Ohio State football’s Joe Burrow shows skills, leadership of starting quarterback
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Who do you think separated themselves more in the QB competition Haskins or Burrow? Kind of feel like they are both still neck and neck.
— Charles Kangas (@KANGASMAN_FS) April 15, 2018
Joe Burrow closed out his impressive spring camp with the best statistical day of Ohio State’s quarterback candidates, and he absolutely looks like he has the ability to be a starter. But the jury is still out on whether he’ll get that opportunity with the Buckeyes.
The spring scrimmage on Saturday was a reminder of just how far Burrow has come with his arm strength the last couple seasons. It was clear that he was in command of the offense, and he has enough mobility to be a factor with his legs. Even after he was done throwing for 238 yards and a pair of touchdowns, the mature way in which Burrow handled himself in the postgame news conference when he was asked repeatedly about his future was exactly what any coach would want from his starting quarterback.
At the same time, Dwayne Haskins was putting his rocket-powered right arm on display with a couple pinpoint deep balls and Tate Martell was dazzling the crowd with his electric ability as a runner. So, Ohio State probably is no closer to making a clear-cut decision than it was two weeks ago or even at the start of camp. And that could leave Burrow in an extremely tricky situation, since the Buckeyes ideally would like to take the competition into training camp — which might not be appealing to a guy with a graduate transfer available to him.
If Burrow makes the choice that he called “devastating” and elects to leave the Buckeyes, there will be a long list of potential suitors reaching out for his services. Aside from auditioning for his current team, the spring game was an opportunity for other coaches to scout Burrow, and everybody saw a starting-caliber quarterback on the field at the Horseshoe. Of course, there were two other quarterbacks alongside him, which is going to make the meetings at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center tremendously challenging for the Buckeyes to manage.
It’s practically impossible to predict how this will play out. But Burrow deserves credit for the work he did over the last 15 practices when so many expected Haskins to lead wire to wire as the presumptive starter. It turns out Burrow has first-team skills as well, and he’s earned a shot to use them.
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