BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) — Former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow is transferring to LSU, where he will be eligible to play immediately and compete for the Tigers’ starting job.
LSU on Monday announced the addition of Burrow, who recently graduated from Ohio State and has two years of eligibility remaining. He spent three seasons at Ohio State but was never able to work his way to the top of a crowded depth chart that included J.T. Barrett over the last four seasons.
Burrow, who went to high school in Athens, Ohio, redshirted in 2015 and then spent two seasons as a reserve. His 2017 season was disrupted by an injury to his throwing hand. In 10 games at Ohio State, he was 29 for 39 for 287 yards passing, with two touchdowns. He ran for 53 yards and a touchdown.
The Tigers are looking for a new starter to replace Danny Etling, another transfer from the Big Ten. Etling spent the last two seasons at LSU after transferring from Purdue. He started 23 games, passed for 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions and was drafted in the seventh round by the New England Patriots in April.
Like Etling, Burrow was four-star recruit out of high school. He joins an LSU team with little experience at quarterback, still searching for a starter after a spring competition involving junior Justin McMillan, sophomore Myles Brennan and redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse. The Tigers also have a new offensive coordinator, Steve Ensminger, in coach Ed Orgeron’s second full season leading the program.
Burrow also visited Cincinnati after announcing he would transfer from Ohio State.