LSU coach Ed Orgeron gushed over new transfer quarterback Joe Burrow’s abilities as a “game changer” and “difference maker” during the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla., this week, but reiterated that he’ll have to earn his way into a starting role.
“The chance to play in the SEC was big,” Orgeron said via the Advertiser. “And what we told him was: ‘There’s an opportunity for you here. We don’t have a starting quarterback right now. We’re going to give you the opportunity to win the starting quarterback job, just like we do everybody else.’ And I told him, ‘We started five true freshmen last year. Everybody has an opportunity to play here. But nothing’s going to be given.'”
Burrow announced his decision to join LSU as a graduate transfer earlier this month and will be eligible to play immediately. The redshirt junior will compete with sophomore Myles Brennan, junior Justin McMilan and redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse for the starting role in fall camp following the departure of former starter Danny Etling.
Burrow, a former 4-star prospect, saw limited action during his first three seasons at Ohio State. After redshirting in 2015, he threw for 287 yards and 2 touchdowns on 29 of 39 passing and recorded 53 yards and a touchdown on 15 rushing attempts in 11 games during the past two seasons.
Burrow ranked as the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback, the No. 1 player from the state of Ohio and the No. 280 overall prospect for the 2015 national recruiting cycle, according to the 247Sports composite.