Welcome to Chomp Chat, SEC Country’s daily Florida podcast with reporter Zach Abolverdi and Gators broadcaster Jeff Cardozo. Today we discuss Ohio State graduate transfer quarterback Joe Burrow.
Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow is on the move.
The redshirt junior announced Tuesday that he’s leaving the Buckeyes football program to explore other options as a graduate transfer, making him eligible to play in 2018.
Florida is one of Burrow’s potential destinations, along with schools such as Cincinnati, LSU and Nebraska. His father, Jimmy, played for the Cornhuskers, as did Joe’s brothers, Jamie and Dan.
Gators coach Dan Mullen said Monday that he isn’t looking to add a graduate transfer quarterback right now, and reiterated those comments Tuesday night. But when asked what he would do if one reached out to him, Mullen said he would evaluate who it was and whether they could help the program.
SEC Country’s Ryan Young has the story with Mullen’s full comments Tuesday night about graduate transfer quarterbacks, which can be read here.
In the latest edition of Chomp Chat, we discuss the potential pros and cons of the Gators adding Burrow to their quarterback competition.
Here are the topics on the show Wednesday:
- The obvious pro with Burrow is that he has been coached and developed by former Florida coach Urban Meyer, making him an ideal fit for Mullen’s offense. And with two years of eligibility remaining, the addition of Burrow — should he win the starting job — would put less pressure on freshman quarterback Emory Jones and give him extra time to develop.
- The cons with Burrow include his lack of playing experience (39 career passes) and the timing of his transfer, which could create a quarterback controversy and disrupt team chemistry. Burrow would have a short window to learn the offense and win the job in fall camp, which didn’t work out well last year for Gators graduate transfer quarterback Malik Zaire.
- Cardozo discusses Florida’s 11-8 win over USF on Tuesday night with baseball coach Kevin O’Sullivan. The Gators rallied from a 6-0 deficit, which was their largest comeback in eight years.
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