Ohio State football: OSU needs help at quarterback

You read that title correctly. Ryan Day needs to hang a Help Wanted sign outside of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center because the Ohio State football team definitely needs some quarterback applicants. Now, stop typing that nasty message you’re working on to send me and hear me out on this.

The OSU quarterback room was filled to the brim when the 2021 season opened against Minnesota. A total of six were listed on the roster. Transfer attrition has taken its toll and that number is now down to three.

Jack Miller is now at Florida. Quinn Ewers entered the transfer portal just a few months after arriving in Columbus and was recruited (wink, wink, snicker, snicker) to Texas. Walk-ons Jagger LaRoe, a former Texas A&M transfer, and J.P. Andrade have also entered the portal.

That leaves golden-armed C.J. Stroud, former five-star Kyle McCord, and Devin Brown, who was added as part of the current recruiting class. Three scholarship quarterbacks make up the entirety of the position for Ohio State right now.

Ryan Day will not want to enter the 2022 season with just those few bodies. You’re asking for trouble. I’m also guessing he doesn’t even want to enter spring practice with just those three. Through a combination of finding a guy in the transfer portal who simply wants to be part of an elite program and isn’t worried about playing time, and enticing a talented high school senior to become a preferred walk-on, those empty chairs in the quarterback room should be filled in the next two months. I’d like to see another scholarship quarterback added, but that is going to be a tough sell for Day. I think you’ll see the Buckeyes open the season with five quarterbacks on their roster.

Now do you see what I mean? Help is needed. The OSU quarterback situation is loaded at the top, but you need that depth for security to get through a season. Those who Ryan Day brings in will not be household names and their decision to join the Buckeyes will barely get a mention, but their importance to the program is immeasurable.