The Ohio State football team may have found its next starting quarterback. According to Dave Biddle of Bucknuts, former Kansas State quarterback Will Howard is expected to join the program sometime this week.
This is massive news for a program that is in need of some good news. Whether you like Devin Brown, Lincoln Kienholz, or Air Noland, it was apparent during Friday night's Cotton Bowl that competition within the room is needed for the 2024 season. Will Howard brings a ton of experience with 27 career starts under his belt. Last season, Howard threw for 2,643 yards and 24 touchdown passes while leading Kansas State to a 9-4 record.
Howard stands at 6-5 and weighs 242 pounds, so he has the prototypical size that Ryan Day is looking for out of his QB. In addition, Howard has the ability to put the ball down and use his legs if needed. He ran for 364 yards and three touchdowns as well last year.
Howard is the type of QB that I expected Ryan Day to pursue. It sounds like Ohio State will be getting good news about returning players. Most of the defense appears like it's coming back, and Biddle also reported that Emeka Egbuka and TreVeyon Henderson are likely back in Columbus as well. The Buckeyes just need a quarterback who can distribute the ball to the playmakers and not get in the way. That's what Howard would provide.
He would be the perfect one-year stopgap for whomever the next quarterback would be. He also would provide incoming freshman Air Noland with a player to learn from, someone who has been there and done that.
Hopefully, we get some official news on this in the upcoming days. This fanbase is in desperate need of something good. And while questions would still remain about the offensive line and coaching staff, at least Ryan Day can check one thing off his to-do list for the upcoming winter months.