247Sports lists three B1G QBs that might transfer before the 2018 season
This past week, 247Sports’ Chris Hummer listed 12 quarterbacks who will potentially have some transfer decisions to make before the 2018 season. And out of those 12 signal callers, three of them were from the B1G: Iowa’s Ryan Boyle, Penn State’s Tommy Stevens, and Ohio State’s Joe Burrow.
Here is Hummer’s reasoning on why these three quarterbacks will either have to decide to stay or go this offseason:
Boyle: After switching to wide receiver as a junior, Boyle had a change of heart this offseason and moved back to quarterback. Boyle, 247Sports’ No. 12 dual-threat QB in the 2015 class, served as the Hawkeyes’ third-string QB all year and did not travel to Nebraska for the team’s regular season finale. Boyle wants to play QB and hasn’t played at all, which is usually a recipe for a transfer. And considering Nathan Stanley isn’t going anywhere this offseason, it seems rather likely Boyle will move on. Watch out for Stanley’s backup, rising fifth-year senior Tyler Wiegers, as well.
Stevens: Stevens will have a decision to make this offseason. In fact, he’s already said he’ll decide this offseason whether he’ll stay or go. Here’s the skinny with Stevens. He lost Penn State’s QB battle to Trace McSorley during his redshirt freshman season in 2016. In the time since, McSorley’s emerged as one of the nation’s top passers. McSorley also has a year of eligibility remaining. If Stevens stays, he wouldn’t start until 2019 — his last year of eligibility. If he leaves, he’d likely be eligible immediately as a former early enrollee with two years remaining to play elsewhere. It’s a tough decision for a talented passer. But if Stevens leaves, he’ll be highly-sought after by teams that run up-tempo systems.
Burrow: Another rather interesting case in the Big Ten East, Burrow is a talented quarterback once thought of as the successor to J.T. Barrett. But there are no guarantees in a crowded quarterback room that includes Dwayne Haskins and former start recruit Tate Martell, who is a true freshman. Burrow, a rising redshirt junior, could stay during the spring and see where he stands. But if Burrow falls behind Haskins, which is what occurred during the 2017 season after Burrow suffered an injury, he could be an interesting transfer case. Burrow’s flashed well in limited action during his career completing 74 percent of his passes and throwing two touchdowns against no interceptions.
You can read Hummer’s full list here.