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Quarterback Kyle McCord Enters Transfer Portal

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In a surprising turn of events, Ohio State’s starting quarterback, Kyle McCord, has entered his name into the transfer portal, signaling a significant shift for the Buckeyes as they navigate the postseason and look ahead to the future.

McCord, who secured the starting role early in the season after a competition with Devin Brown, made the decision to explore new opportunities in his third year with the Buckeyes. The Philadelphia native, recruited by coach Ryan Day, patiently waited his turn behind C.J. Stroud, who is now the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans.

During his time as the Buckeyes’ signal-caller, McCord showcased his talent, amassing 3,170 passing yards with 24 touchdown passes and six interceptions. His completion rate of 65.8% underscored his efficiency in moving the ball down the field. Despite twice surpassing 300 passing yards in a game, McCord faced challenges, including two instances of throwing two interceptions, notably in the regular-season finale against Michigan, a game that cost Ohio State a spot in the College Football Playoff.

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Quarterback Kyle Mccord Enters Transfer Portal

Head coach Ryan Day reflected on McCord’s performance, noting his growth throughout the season. “As time went on, Kyle got better as the season went on,” said Day. “After every year, you evaluate everything, and try to figure out what to do next. But I think there was a lot of progress made this year.”

However, the quarterback’s decision to enter the transfer portal adds an element of uncertainty to Ohio State’s quarterback situation. Day, when asked about McCord’s status as the team’s starter, remained noncommittal, stating, “When you come up short, you got to look at everything, and we will look at everything.”

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The timing of McCord’s move, with the Buckeyes selected to play Missouri in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Dec. 29, adds an intriguing layer to the postseason narrative.

In addition to McCord, wide receiver Julian Fleming, ESPN’s No. 1 recruit in the 2020 class, also announced his entry into the transfer portal on Monday. Fleming, who had a productive career with the Buckeyes, expressed gratitude to the Buckeye nation, marking the end of his time in Columbus.

As the transfer window opens for college football players, Ohio State faces a notable reshuffling, with several other players, including running back Evan Pryor, also entering the transfer portal. The Buckeyes navigate these changes as they prepare for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and assess their roster for the upcoming seasons.