Revisiting Ohio State's Recent Quarterback Transfers And Their Performances At Other Programs

By James Grega on May 20, 2018 at 7:45 am
Taylor Graham

Joe Burrow announced May 8 that he would be leaving Ohio State to pursue other opportunities, after a quarterback battle with Dwayne Haskins seemingly left him on the outside looking in when it came to being the starter for the Buckeyes. 

Ten days later, Burrow confirmed rumors that he would play the 2018 season at LSU. The Tigers had a quarterback competition of their own during spring practice, but a three-horse race between Myles Brennan, Justin McMillan and Lowell Narcisse, didn't result in a clear starter. 

Ohio State doesn't have quarterbacks leave the program often, but when they do, the departing player's success has been minimal. We take a look at the last few signal callers to transfer away from Columbus and how they performed at their new school. 

Taylor Graham, Hawaii

Leaving Columbus, Ohio for Hawaii seems like a great move for multiple reasons. However, the move didn't work out so well for Graham. 

Graham (pictured above), departed from Ohio State in 2011 after finishing last in the QB derby that featured freshman Braxton Miller, sophomore Kenny Guiton and senior Joe Bauserman, as the Buckeyes scrambled to replace Terrelle Pryor. 

Graham threw for more yards than any other quarterback in the 2011 Spring Game, completing 4-of-9 passes for 91 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown to T.Y. Williams. (Please enjoy the following video of Ohio State's 2011 Spring Game highlights set to music from Rocky IV as much as I did). 

However that Spring Game was the last time Jim Tressel was seen as Ohio State's head coach in the Horseshoe, as he departed shortly after in the wake of the Tatgate scandal. 

Bauserman won the job (briefly) to start the 2011 season, so Graham left for Hawaii in hopes of landing a starting job of his own. After sitting out the 2012 season, he got his shot against USC to open the 2013 campaign. 

Graham struggled mightily, throwing four interceptions in a 30-13 loss to the Trojans. He lasted just two more games as the Hawaii starter before he was benched. He finished his career 58-for-122 passing, throwing three touchdowns and six interceptions. 

Antonio Henton, Georgia Southern

After not seeing significant playing time in 2007 during Todd Boeckman's first year as a starter, Antonio Henton went back to his home state of Georgia for the 2008 season. 

Henton transferred to Georgia Southern, which at the time was an FCS school, allowing him to play immediately for the Eagles. He lasted just one season with Georgia Southern before once again leaving school, but had some success on the football field. 

Henton started the first 10 games of the season for Georgia Southern, completing 156-of-279 passes for 15 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. He also led the team in rushing, compiling 628 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground, as the Eagles went 5-5 in his time as a starter. He was benched for the season finale against Furman, and left the program the following February. 

As a Buckeye, Henton completed 3-of-6 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown in 2007, adding 41 yards rushing. 

Rob Schoenhoft, Delaware

After also losing the 2007 job to Boeckman, Schoenhoft also left the Ohio State program following the 2007 campaign, and took his talents to Delaware, where Joe Flacco had just left for the NFL ranks. 

After completing 18-of-26 passes for 134 yards in 2006-07 for Ohio State, Schoenhoft took to Delaware, where he played just nine games for the Blue Hens. He completed 112-of-208 passes for 1,278 yards and seven touchdowns to 13 interceptions. 

The Blue Hens went 4-8 during Schoenhoft's one season with the Blue Hens, before he was replaced by another Big Ten transplant, Pat Devlin, who left Penn State to play at Delaware. 

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