Ryan Day caught off guard by quarterback Quinn Ewers’ transfer from Ohio State football

Quarterback Quinn Ewers shocked Ohio State coach Ryan Day recently when he notified him he was getting in the NCAA transfer website and leaving the program.

Ewers invested just 4 months with the Buckeyes after finishing a year early from Carroll Secondary school in Southlake, Texas, and registering at OSU in August.

Quarterback Quinn Ewers appeared in only one game with Ohio State, handing off twice late in a 56-7 rout of Michigan State.

Quarterback Quinn Ewers appeared in just one video game with Ohio State, handing off two times late in a 56-7 thrashing of Michigan State.

“It caught me for sure a little bit off guard,” Day stated on Sunday.

Deemed a generational quarterback possibility and the highest-rated hire to ever sign with Ohio State, Ewers’ registration came a month after the NCAA embraced brand-new guidelines permitting college professional athletes to benefit off their name, image and similarity, placing him to make 7 figures in recommendations and other collaborations.

Such lucrative chances were restricted for high schoolers in Texas.

Located as low as fourth-string on the depth chart, Ewers appeared in just one video game with the Buckeyes, can be found in with bit more than a minute left in a 56-7 thrashing of Michigan State on Nov. 20. Two times lining up behind center late in the blowout, he handed the ball off both times.

He’s anticipated to move to a school better to his home town in rural Dallas.

“I think he was in a very unique situation for sure,” Day stated, “and we wish him nothing but the best of luck moving forward. But boy, there’s just a lot that’s going on right now in college football, whether it’s early enrollees or the transfer portal and those type of things. We’re just going to do the best we can to try to adapt as time moves on.”

The Buckeyes are left with just 2 scholarship quarterbacks in between C.J. Stroud and backup Kyle McCord ahead of their match versus Utah in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.

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Day stated his choice is to hold 3 or 4 quarterbacks on scholarship at a time.

Devin Brown, a four-star quarterback in the 2022 recruiting class, will be the 3rd following his spoken dedication, however he isn’t signing up with the program till next season.

Throughout Day’s very first complete season leading the Buckeyes in 2019, they had 3 scholarship quarterbacks with Chris Chugunov and Gunnar Hoak supporting Justin Fields.

They held 4 last season and throughout this fall prior to redshirt freshman Jack Miller and Ewers got in the transfer website recently.

“A lot of guys want to play,” Day stated, “and I get it, so we’ll just try to do the best we can to forecast it. We feel really good about the guys we have on our roster right now.”

Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at jkaufman@dispatch.com or on Twitter @joeyrkaufman.

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