In 1519, Hernán Cortés and his conquistadors landed in Mexico. He arrived in the New World with roughly six hundred men. Upon arrival, Cortés made history by destroying his ships – burning the wood from which they were created.
This sent a clear message to his men.
There is no turning back.
On Tuesday, Ohio State quarterback Devin Brown tweeted a photo that references Cortés’ now-famous moment, signaling that the redshirt freshman signal-caller has no intentions of leaving Columbus amid rumors that the Buckeyes could add a transfer quarterback in the offseason to replace Kyle McCord, who entered the transfer portal on Monday.
Brown has tweeted cryptic messages regarding his commitment to Ohio State before. In 2021 and 2022, the Draper, Utah, native tweeted clips from the 1998 film “Rounders,” in which Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) goes “all in” with Teddy “KGB” (John Malkovich) in a high-stakes poker game.
In two seasons at Ohio State, Brown has appeared in seven games for the Buckeyes. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound quarterback has completed 12 of 22 passes (54.4%) for 197 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also has run the ball 20 times (including sacks taken) for 36 yards and one score.
With McCord in the transfer portal, Brown and Ohio State freshman Lincoln Kienholz are expected to split quarterback reps in bowl practices. One of them will earn the nod as Ohio State’s QB1 when the Buckeyes travel to Arlington, Texas, to face No. 9-ranked Missouri in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29.