LSU lands former Ohio State QB Burrow as grad transfer

Ohio State quarterbacks J.T. Barrett, left, and Joe Burrow drop back to pass during spring NCAA college football practice, March 7, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP/WSYX) - 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 announced Monday the addition of Burrow, who recently graduated from Ohio State and has two years of eligibility remaining. Burrow 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 is from 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.

At LSU, he'll enter what coach Ed Orgeron and offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger deemed a wide-open competition at the position that includes sophomore Myles Brennan, junior Justin McMillan and redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse. Earlier this month -- before Burrow had announced his intentions to leave Columbus -- Orgeron said he didn't expect any of LSU's three competitors to transfer.

None of the quarterbacks, including Burrow, has extensive playing experience. Burrow has the most career passing attempts (39) to his credit among the quartet, followed by Brennan with 24.

The winner of the starting job will succeed Danny Etling, who was taken in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the New England Patriots. Etling transferred from Purdue before suiting up for LSU.

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