COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State’s backup quarterback battle appears to have taken an unfortunate turn.
Sophomore Joe Burrow, who backed up J.T. Barrett in 2016, broke a bone in his throwing hand during practice Monday. He’s already undergone surgery and is expected to miss a few weeks. Land of 10 sources are suggesting it should be somewhere in the ballpark of 4-6 weeks of action.
Major news in the OSU backup QB race: Joe Burrow broke a bone in his throwing hand. Sources tell @Landof10OSU he could be out 4-to-6 weeks.
— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) August 23, 2017
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound redshirt sophomore had been competing with Dwayne Haskins for Ohio State’s backup quarterback spot this year. Next season, Burrow is expected to compete with Haskins and freshman Tate Martell to take over for Barrett as the Buckeyes starter.
Burrow saw limited action for Ohio State in 2016, but flashed when he had the chance. He completed 79 percent of his passes (22-28) and threw two touchdowns. The Athens (The Plains, Ohio) High School product also recorded a rushing touchdown in the Buckeyes 62-3 win over Nebraska.
Midway through fall camp, Burrow told reporters that he was trying not to think about the distant future and the implications this season might have on that competition.
“Yeah, obviously [the future] creeps into my mind every once in a while,” Burrow said Aug. 14. “But I try to get rid of it as soon as it does and focus on putting one step in front of the other and competing every day. We’re just trying to get better every day. Obviously it’s an intense competition, but we’re all good friends, we have a good relationship and just go out on the field and compete every day.
“We talk about 2014 quite a bit because that’s where we want to get to and that’s really the elite level that we strive for. That took three people, and you never know, it might again this year.”
Stay tuned to Land of 10 as we examine how this injury will impact Ohio State’s approach at quarterback in 2017.
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