Ohio State’s quarterback, Kyle McCord, a consistent starter throughout the season, has officially entered the transfer portal, making the decision public on Monday morning.

McCord, currently in his third year with the Buckeyes, secured the starting position early in the season after a competitive battle with Devin Brown. Recruited by coach Ryan Day, McCord patiently waited for two years behind C.J. Stroud, who is now the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans. He arrived at Ohio State as ESPN’s No. 31 prospect in the 2021 class.

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During his tenure as the starting quarterback, the Philadelphia native accumulated 3,170 passing yards, delivering 24 touchdown passes and six interceptions while maintaining an impressive completion rate of 65.8%. McCord showcased his talent by surpassing 300 passing yards in three separate games. However, he faced challenges, throwing two interceptions in two different games, including the regular-season finale—a 30-24 loss to Michigan, which ultimately cost Ohio State a College Football Playoff spot for the second time in three years.

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day acknowledged McCord’s growth during the season, noting that the quarterback battled through ankle injuries and demonstrated toughness, particularly in the Notre Dame game. Day expressed his confidence in McCord’s abilities, emphasizing the progress made throughout the year.

However, Day remained noncommittal about McCord’s status as the team’s starting quarterback when questioned on Sunday. The decision to enter the transfer portal comes as part of the broader evaluation process for the team after falling short in critical moments, including the loss to Michigan.

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As the transfer window opened for most college football players on Monday, Ohio State experienced several other entries into the transfer portal, including running back Evan Pryor, ESPN’s No. 128 recruit in the 2021 class. The team faces a period of assessment and reevaluation as they aim to address shortcomings and make strategic decisions for the future.