The transfer portal window opened with a bang Monday with the news that Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Kyle McCord is on his way out of Columbus, according to multiple reports.
Former Ohio State QB Kyle McCord Enters Transfer Portal
Ohio State starting quarterback Kyle McCord is entering the college football transfer portal after one season as the starter for the Buckeyes, according to multiple reports Monday.
A former five-star prospect in the 2021 recruiting class, McCord was the 25th-ranked player that year and the third quarterback in his class. After waiting patiently behind C.J. Stroud, McCord got his opportunity to start for the Buckeyes this season after beating out Devin Brown and Lincoln Kienholz through spring and summer camps.
In his first season as a starter for Ohio State, McCord threw for 3,170 yards and 24 touchdowns, completing 65.8% of his passes with just six interceptions. He helped former high school teammate to his second consecutive 1,000-yard season while leading the Buckeyes to the verge of the Big Ten Championship Game.
However, McCord was much-maligned for most of the 2023 college football season as the Buckeyes failed to impress offensively. The first-year starter only had three games where he threw for more than 300 yards this season while compiling three games where he threw as many or more interceptions as he did touchdowns.
McCord’s final game for the Buckeyes saw Ohio State fall to bitter rival Michigan, ensuring they missed out on the Big Ten Championship for the third consecutive season. Furthermore, the program failed to make the College Football Playoffs with their young quarterback at the helm.
McCord’s exit from Ohio State would hint at an incoming quarterback from the transfer portal. The third-year player was the most experienced signal-caller in a six-deep Buckeyes QB room. Ryan Day’s team will welcome four-star passer Air Noland in the 2024 recruiting class, but expect a potential big-name portal addition to fill the starting role for next season.