The Ohio State football team has been in search of a starting quarterback for 2024 ever since Kyle McCord decided to transfer out of the program. The Buckeyes wanted to go in a new direction too, so the split made sense. What didn't make sense is how they were going to replace him.
Devin Brown was fighting with Brown to determine who was going to be the starting QB for 2023 and McCord won. Brown started the Cotton Bowl before getting hurt and didn't look good. Neither did backup Lincoln Kienholz, which left the Buckeyes with not a lot of options heading into next year.
That's why they ultimately decided to go and get Will Howard from the transfer portal. Howard is a multi-year starter for Kansas State and entered the portal after the season ended. He gives the Buckeyes an element in the running game, which they haven't had for a few years.
Howard brings experience to a quarterback room that is void of that. He will likely be the immediate starter next year. He did win a Big 12 title with the Wildcats in 2022, so he has played in some big games. But there are concerns with Howard as well.
Turnovers are a bit of a concern with him. He threw 10 interceptions this past season which is four more than McCord had. He tends to trust his arm a bit too much. His ceiling isn't very high either. He seems a bit like McCord 2.0 to me, except he can run a little bit.
This is the quarterback that Ryan Day is hitching his Ohio State football career to. If he doesn't beat TTUN next season, he's gone. He clearly thinks Howard can help him do that and end the losing streak. Maybe Howard can improve and be even better in 2024. That would be nice.