Former OSU QB Joe Burrow: 'I was begging coach Meyer to put me on kickoff'
Ohio State prides itself on special teams.
The Buckeyes almost commonly have five-star and four-star prospects stacked on kickoff teams, punt blocks and field goal packages.
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Certain players of course don’t start out on special teams, but it is a good way for certain players to separate themselves and show that they belong on the field more. Some players we almost never see on special teams — even at Ohio State — are quarterbacks.
Back when Joe Burrow was on the roster and fighting for playing time, he actually wanted to be on special teams. Urban Meyer — Ohio State’s head coach at the time — wouldn’t let him. Burrow has since transferred to LSU and become the Tigers’ starting QB.
However, may things have changed if Burrow was allowed to play on special teams? Here’s Burrow earlier this month when asked about potentially running the ball more at LSU:
“When I broke my hand at Ohio State, I couldn’t really throw so I was begging coach Meyer to put me on kickoff,” he said. “I wanted to be on kickoff. They didn’t let me, but it was discussed.”
Burrow trying to get on the special teams side of things at all is odd, yet cool at the same time. But trying to do it with a broken hand is almost crazy.
That shows the will of Burrow. It showed how much he wanted to compete and how much he wanted to be out on the field. Often times, fans will mock players that transfer for playing time.
In Burrow’s case, it seems to have worked out for him down at LSU. All the best to the man who was willing to play special teams for the Buckeyes with a broken hand.