Former Kansas State quarterback Will Howard is transferring to Ohio State, per ESPN’s Pete Thamel. The QB entered the transfer portal in late November following the conclusion of the regular season and took visits to the likes of Miami and USC before deciding to make Columbus his home for the 2024 season.
Howard arrived to K-State in 2020, where he spent his first two seasons splitting time with Skylar Thompson. The Downingtown, PA, native began the 2022 season backing up veteran transfer Adrian Martinez, but took over as the starter midway through the season when Martinez went down with an injury. He ended up leading the Wildcats to a victory over eventual College Football Playoff participant TCU in the 2022 Big 12 Championship Game. Howard was unable to lead the Cats to another conference title, but came close with a respectable 8-4 regular season record. He compiled 2,643 passing yards, 351 rushing yards, and 33 total touchdowns to earn Second Team All-Big 12 honors this past season.
He heads to Columbus to replace Kyle McCord, who himself transferred to Syracuse following the end of the regular season. The Buckeyes posted an 11-1 record, but a third-straight loss to hated rival Michigan kept them out of both the Big Ten Championship Game and the College Football Playoff. Frustration has been mounting within OSU’s fan base over Ryan Day’s inability to win these big games despite the massive amount of talent he’s brought to Columbus in recent years. Howard will be tasked with ending the Buckeyes’ three-game losing streak to Michigan and leading into an expanded 12-team playoff field.