Former Kansas State quarterback Will Howard announces transfer to Ohio State


The quarterback carousel in college football continues to spin as transfer portal has become king.

Former Kansas State Quarterback Will Howard committed to Ohio State on Thursday for his final year of eligibility.

Quarterback Will Howard #18 of the Kansas State Wildcats throws a pass against the Baylor Bears in the first half at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on November 11, 2023 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)

“I’m glad I took my time making this decision,” Howard told ESPN. “Through this, I learned a lot about myself and college football in general. It was a great process. I’m very glad I ended up choosing Ohio State.

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“I knew if I let this go, I would regret passing up the opportunity to be the quarterback at Ohio State. I knew I would be kicking myself if I passed up this opportunity.”

Howard will be a fifth year student after spending the first four years of his college career in Manhattan, Kansas.

He led the Wildcats to the 2022 Big 12 Championship Game, where Kansas State defeated TCU before the Horned Frogs played in the College Football Playoff. In his two years as a starter, Howard went 12-5 and threw for 4,276 yards, 39 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

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Will Howard scores a touchdown

Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Will Howard (18) pushes Iowa State Cyclones defensive back TJ Tampa (2) aside during a touchdown run in the third quarter of a Big Football game 12 between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Kansas State Wildcats on November 25, 2023. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas. (Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Howard also rushed for 251 yards and nine touchdowns in 2023.

Howard said he chose Ohio State because he wanted a chance to win a national championship and potentially jump into the first or second round of the NFL Draft.

“The goal I have is to win a national championship,” he told ESPN. “At the end of the day, I want to be a starting quarterback in the NFL… I feel like the best place to stay as a quarterback in the NFL is as a first- or second-round pick in the NFL draft. Go to Ohio State “It gives me a chance to jump in and get into that conversation.”

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Howard’s decision to join the Buckeyes comes a month after the 2023 starter Kyle McCord He entered the transfer portal.

Kyle McCord throws

Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Michigan, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

McCord announced in mid-December that he would play for Fran Brown at Syracuse next season.

Ohio State went 11-2 in 2023, losing to Michigan for the third straight year to keep them out of the Big Ten and CFP Championship Game.

The Buckeyes lost to the Missouri Tigers in the Cotton Bowl.

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