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Joe Burrow

Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow is transferring to LSU.

A key domino fell in Ohio State's quarterback race Tuesday.

The move is also sure to garner some attention in Lincoln and other college football hotbeds around the country.

Junior quarterback Joe Burrow announced he is leaving the Buckeyes program after graduating from OSU this weekend.

Burrow's dad, Jimmy, and brothers Jamie and Dan all played football at Nebraska. Jimmy, now the defensive coordinator at Ohio, was also a graduate assistant coach here under Frank Solich.

Joe Burrow became a much-talked-about figure in Lincoln when Scott Frost was hired as the head coach here, given the natural connection between Frost and Solich and the Burrows, and also NU's change in offensive system.

Still, on the surface, a transfer to NU seems unlikely.

Shortly after the spring game, Frost told CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd, "We think, if we can get by with what we have, it's cleaner than muddying up the situation." 

Even before that, Frost and Husker coaches expressed confidence in the team's three young quarterbacks — freshman Adrian Martinez, redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia and sophomore walk-on Andrew Bunch — throughout spring ball. NU coaches did not rule out the possibility of exploring the graduate transfer market and they reportedly had at least some contact with Arizona graduate transfer Brandon Dawkins before he signed with Indiana early in the spring, but it remains to be seen if Frost and company will make a strong push for any transfer.

Burrow is immediately eligible wherever he moves to — the list of suitors will be long and likely will include high-profile options — and he has two years of eligibility remaining.

Reached Tuesday by the Journal Star, Jimmy Burrow declined comment and said the family will not be talking publicly until Joe makes a decision. 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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