Monday's college football: QB Joe Burrow transfers from Ohio State to LSU

Associated Press
Former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow is heading to LSU as a grad transfer.

Former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow is transferring to LSU, where he will be eligible to play immediately and compete for the Tigers’ starting job.

LSU on Monday announced the addition of Burrow, who recently graduated from Ohio State and has two years of eligibility remaining. He spent three seasons at Ohio State but was never able to work his way to the top of a crowded depth chart that included J.T. Barrett over the last four seasons.

Burrow, who went to high school in Athens, Ohio, redshirted in 2015 and then spent two seasons as a reserve. His 2017 season was disrupted by an injury to his throwing hand. In 10 games at Ohio State, he was 29-for-39 for 287 yards passing, with two touchdowns. He ran for 53 yards and a touchdown.

The Tigers are looking for a new starter to replace Danny Etling, another transfer from the Big Ten. Etling spent the last two seasons at LSU after transferring from Purdue. He started 23 games, passed for 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions and was drafted in the seventh round by the New England Patriots in April.

Like Etling, Burrow was four-star recruit out of high school. He joins an LSU team with little experience at quarterback, still searching for a starter after a spring competition involving junior Justin McMillan, sophomore Myles Brennan and redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse. The Tigers also have a new offensive coordinator, Steve Ensminger, in coach Ed Orgeron’s second full season leading the program.

Burrow also visited Cincinnati after announcing he would transfer from Ohio State.

QB exits Clemson after year

Hunter Johnson, one of the top quarterback prospects of the 2017 recruiting class, is leaving Clemson after one season.

Johnson is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound quarterback from Brownsburg, Indiana who was ranked the No. 1 high-school pocket passer last year by ESPN. However, Johnson was caught between Clemson’s returning senior starter in Kelly Bryant and this year’s No. 1 quarterback prospect in Trevor Lawrence.

Bryant led the Tigers to the Atlantic Coast Conference title and the College Football Playoff last fall. Lawrence wowed coaches and teammates in spring practice.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was disappointed to lose Johnson, but wished him the best, saying, “Hunter is one of the best young men I have ever coached.”

Johnson played in seven games last season, completing 21 of 27 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns. He will have to sit out a season per NCAA transfer rules and have three years of eligibility left at his next Division I school.

Holtz, Daily Beast settle

Attorneys for Lou Holtz say the former Notre Dame coach and the news website the Daily Beast have settled a defamation lawsuit filed by the ex-ESPN analyst and college football Hall of Famer.

Orlando, Florida, law firm Morgan & Morgan announced in a news release the two sides came to an amicable resolution. The firm says terms of the settlement were confidential, but The Daily Beast apologized for and corrected the headline that ran July 19, 2016, with a story on Holtz’s remarks at a luncheon the Republican National Coalition for Life held during the Republican National Convention.

The headline read: “Lou Holtz at RNC says Immigrants are Deadbeats Invading the U.S.” In its apology, The Daily Beast admitted that Holtz did not say immigrants are deadbeats. The Daily Beast said it stands by the rest of its story.