Should Florida pursue Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow if he transfers?
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Will the gators go after QB Joe Burrow if he transfers?
— Chris Nabors (@ChrisNabors4) March 7, 2018
Many Florida fans have asked about the possibility of a graduate-transfer quarterback for the Gators.
I think that to be determined by Florida’s quarterbacks competition over the next month and what the transfer market looks like after spring football.
Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow could a become potential option for Gators coach Dan Mullen and his staff. The redshirt junior is on pace to graduate in May and will contemplate transferring if he does not win the competition this spring with Dwayne Haskins.
If Burrow graduates and goes elsewhere, he would be able to play immediately in 2018 with two years of eligibility remaining. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer told reporters Tuesday he would try to give Burrow an answer about the starting job by the end of spring.
“I have to talk to my parents about it, talk to my coaches, and just make a decision here in the near future,” Burrow told Land of 10. “I don’t know. I’m leaning toward staying.
“… I came to terms with it the last couple weeks. Either way, no matter what I do, I’m going to have to come out and compete somewhere.”
Burrow would have four quarterbacks to compete with at Florida: redshirt sophomores Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask, redshirt freshman Jake Allen and true freshman Emory Jones. Their performances in practice could determine whether the Gators seek a grad-transfer quarterback.
Franks and Jones are considered the favorites heading into spring. If they meet those expectations and show they’re capable of starting this season, Mullen may decide to stick with his group and not add another quarterback to the mix.
However, if Franks or Jones struggle to pick up the offense and Trask or Allen do not emerge, it could be beneficial for the Gators to bring in somebody with Burrow’s background and experience.
Burrow has played in 11 games at Ohio State and was ranked the nation’s No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2015, according to the 247Sports composite. Florida also would make sense for Burrow because of Mullen’s history with Meyer.
I would not be surprised to see the Gators go this route if needed, but again, a lot will depend on how the quarterback battles play out at Florida and Ohio State.