Former Alabama quarterback and current ESPN college football analyst Greg McElroy said Wednesday afternoon on WJOX-FM that he'd enjoy seeing Ohio State graduate transfer quarterback Joe Burrow play at LSU.
“I would love to see LSU with a quarterback in my lifetime,” McElroy said. “Outside of JaMarcus Russell, name a quarterback — I thought [Zach] Mettenberger was really, really good, but they only could do so much with him because he would make some mistakes. I would love to see Joe Burrow be that guy.”
Burrow announced last week that he's transferring from Ohio State. He visited LSU this past weekend and visited Cincinnati where former Buckeyes defensive coordinator Luke Fickell is head coach.
Burrow was a top-10 quarterback out of high school, and he didn't necessarily lose out on the Buckeyes' starting job in typical fashion. While competing to backup J.T. Barrett last season, Burrow broke his thumb in camp, giving way to Dwayne Haskins, who filled in for an injured Barrett, helping lead the Buckeyes to a win over Michigan and giving him a leg up on the 2018 battle with a now-healthy Burrow.
"(LSU) needs to make sure that Joe Burrow has the makings from an intangible standpoint more so than a physical standpoint," McElroy said. "You can do your homework the best you can watching the 39 throws he’s made in his career. I think he’s pretty good, but not one of those throws has been under pressure when you’ve got to have it in a situation when you’re playing against a top-tier defense. I don’t know if you know those things until he’s down there, but I do think he’s a better option than what they’ve shown to this point."
Perhaps in response to McElroy's comment about loving "to see LSU with a quarterback in my lifetime," LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger tweeted a graphic touting the Tigers as the Southeastern Conference leaders with seven quarterbacks drafted in the past 20 years.
Burrow is likely to pick a school in the coming days with summer classes scheduled to begin soon.
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