What Will Howard brings to the Ohio State football program

The former Kansas State quarterback announced his commitment to the Ohio State football program on Thursday night. What will he bring to the Buckeyes in his final year of eligibility?
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The Ohio State football team has a new quarterback. After a year of up-and-down play from Kyle McCord, he decided to move on to Syracuse. Thursday night, Will Howard announced that he was transferring to Ohio State to help the Buckeyes win a national championship.

Howard was a multi-year starter with the Wildcats and even helped them win the Big 12 in 2022. He is who Ryan Day has decided to hitch his wagon to in a make-or-break year for him. So what exactly does Howard bring to the Ohio State football program?

The most important thing he brings is experience. He's started 27 games and has played in some big ones, including in that Big 12 title game. Experience is something the quarterback room is short of now that McCord is gone. The rest of the room has just one start combined.

Howard also brings an element to the run game that wasn't there. While not his primary objective, he can certainly scramble to pick up some yardage. The Buckeyes can also use some designed runs with him. Howard had 351 yards and 9 touchdowns on the ground last year.

That added run-threat from the QB position should help open the offense up a bit. Even though Howard won't get to throw to Marvin Harrison Jr., he still will have a bevy of weapons around him. He still will have Carnell Tate, Jeremiah Smith, and Mylan Graham to get the ball to. All were five-star recruits out of high school.

The biggest question is whether or not Howard can lead the Buckeyes to a victory over TTUN. Howard mentioned when he committed that he wants to beat TTUN. He didn't call them Michigan. That's a good sign considering the last QB called The Game "just another game".

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I'm very intrigued to see how well Howard can play next season. He's going to need an improved offensive line, that's for sure.

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