OSU Secures K-State Will Howard as Immediate Replacement for Kyle McCord

New Era Dawns for Buckeyes with Howard's Arrival.

by Zain ul Abedin
OSU Secures K-State Will Howard as Immediate Replacement for Kyle McCord
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In a pivotal move for the Ohio State Buckeyes, the team has solidified its quarterback position for the 2024-25 season with the acquisition of Will Howard, a standout transfer from Kansas State. The announcement, initially reported by Pete Nakos of On3.com, ends widespread speculation and solidifies Ohio State's offensive lineup following the departure of Kyle McCord.

Howard, a former three-star recruit hailing from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, emerged as a sought-after talent in the transfer portal. His journey at Kansas State was marked by steady progress, culminating in a commendable performance in the past season.

He threw for 2,643 yards, signaling his arrival as a competent force in college football.

Howard's Dual-Threat Impact

The 6-foot-5 senior's capabilities extend beyond his impressive arm. This season, he achieved a milestone, surpassing 20 touchdown passes and maintaining a completion rate above 60%.

His agility and skill on the ground were equally noteworthy, as evidenced by his 351 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. This dual-threat ability is something Ohio State sorely missed in the 2023 season. While Ohio State welcomes Howard, it’s important to acknowledge Kyle McCord's contributions.

McCord played a crucial role in maintaining the team's high ranking throughout the season. His evolution from a mere game manager to a dynamic quarterback was remarkable, though his tenure with the Buckeyes ended abruptly following a significant loss to Michigan.

McCord's subsequent transfer to Syracuse in December left a significant gap in Ohio State's quarterback lineup, a gap that Will Howard is now poised to fill. As a Second-Team All-Big 12 selectee, expectations are high for Howard to lead the Buckeyes past formidable opponents like Michigan and navigate the challenges of the rejuvenated Big Ten.

As the Ohio State community looks ahead, the focus is on integrating Howard into the team’s framework. The Buckeyes are gearing up for a season that promises to test their resilience and strategy. With Howard at the helm, the anticipation and excitement for what lies ahead are palpable.

The journey towards conquering the Big Ten and beyond begins now, with hopes that this strategic addition will propel Ohio State to new heights in the fiercely competitive landscape of college football.