What kind of stats should we expect from new Ohio State football player Will Howard?

New Ohio State football player Will Howard is the projected starter for the Buckeyes at quarterback this year. What kind of stats can we expect from him?
April 13, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; 
Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Will Howard (18) of the
April 13, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Will Howard (18) of the / Barbara J. Perenic/Columbus Dispatch /

The Ohio State football team went into the transfer portal to grab a new starting quarterback. They decided on Will Howard from Kansas State. Howard came to Columbus with the goal of winning a national championship, something he never came close to doing in Manhattan.

Now that he's in Columbus, he's fighting for the starting job. While Ryan Day hasn't named an official starter yet, I still think the Buckeyes will end up giving him the job. He has by far the most experience of anyone in the quarterback room, and that's valuable for Ryan Day in a critical season.

So what kind of stats can we expect from Howard this season? Howard threw for 2,643 yards and 24 touchdowns a year ago. The Buckeyes got over 3,100 yards from Kyle McCord a year ago. That's low for an Ohio State quarterback in Ryan Day's offense though.

Chip Kelly is running the show on offense. He's going to focus more on the run game than Day has in the past. Still, Quarterbacks at Ohio State typically flirt with 4,000 yards. Howard has never come close to that in his career. So, what will happen this season?

I expect Howard to get around 3,300 passing yards this season and have about 30 touchdown passes. I don't think his passing stats will be as high as some other Buckeye QBs in the past because he will be used more in the run game under Kelly's new offense.

Expect Howard to have 400 yards rushing and another six touchdowns on the ground. I really do think that Kelly will get the read-option back into Ohio State's offense now that the have a mobile quarterback. It's going to unlock a part of the offense that hasn't been seen since Justin Fields.


Howard is going to be an overall improvement from McCord. The question is by how much.