4. Maalik Murphy
The Ohio State football team lost Quinn Ewers to Texas. That’s why they’re in this whole quarterback debacle to begin with. They could take one away from Texas this offseason. Ohio State fans seem to think they can lure Arch Manning from Austin. They can’t.
Maalik Murphy is the more reasonable target to pursue. Murphy was a former five-star quarterback in his own right. Better yet, he’s actually played in college games. He started a few games while Ewers was hurt this year and played decently in them.
In two starts this season, Murphy passed for 395 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also threw three interceptions though. Murphy is certainly raw and got thrown into the fire unexpectedly, but he has all of the physical tools that you would want in a quarterback.
Murphy stands at 6’5 and 238 pounds. He’s got a massive arm and can make any throw on the field. With more playing time, he could become more polished and comfortable in the pocket. He just hasn’t seen the field enough to work through some things.
If Ohio State were to pursue Murphy, it would be a pure talent play. He’s pretty much as unknown as Noland would be. Murphy also hasn’t indicated he wants to transfer. But if he doesn’t win the starting job over Manning in the Spring, he could look to jump elsewhere.
The final quarterback option for the Buckeyes is one you’re not going to like, but it’s the most probably one.