Joe Burrow transferred from Ohio State to LSU during the offseason, utilizing the graduate transfer rule which makes him eligible immediately, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be the starting quarterback for the Tigers this season.
If Burrow wanted a guaranteed starting job, he could have gone to a different school. In fact, LSU coach Ed Orgeron says that Burrow even had that offer.
While speaking at the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge on Wednesday, Orgeron said that Burrow had an offer to go to Cincinnati and start at quarterback for the Bearcats, according to Brody Miller of NOLA.com. Instead, Burrow chose to transfer to LSU and participate in the Tigers’ quarterback competition.
Whether Burrow becomes LSU’s starter or not, he adds depth at quarterback for the Tigers, an area where Orgeron made it seem like the Tigers wanted to improve.
“The inconsistency at quarterback gave us some concern in the spring. Not that they weren’t good enough,” Orgeron said, per Miller.
The Tigers return sophomore Myles Brennan among the five quarterbacks on their roster, including Burrow. Orgeron told reporters that he plans to name a starter “by the end of fall camp.”
However, Orgeron also mentioned the possibility of using a wildcat formation to get playing time for his pair of mobile quarterbacks — junior Justin McMillan and freshman Lowell Narcisse — according to Brooks Kubena of The Advocate.
LSU opens fall camp on Friday. The Tigers then play their first game of the 2018 season against Miami at AT&T Stadium on Sept. 2.