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“Anonymous coach has a bold prediction for Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Will Howard.”

The Ohio State Buckeyes brought in Kansas State transfer quarterback Will Howard to help stabilize a position that was less than reliable last season.

At times, former starting QB Kyle McCord looked like an elite passer who could lead the Buckeyes into the College Football Playoff. To others, he seemed like a young and inexperienced signal-caller who was struggling with consistency.

Now, Howard is anything but the latter, and while his stats may be similar to McCord's on paper, his ability to thrive at Kansas State with far less talent around him speaks for itself.

According to reports from Athletic's Bruce Feldman, opposing coaches also believe Howard will have a huge year for the Buckeyes in 2024.

“I think he's going to have a monster year,” said a Big 12 defensive coach. “All of a sudden he's going to have this great supporting cast here. For a big guy he's pretty athletic and can run. I don’t think he has a crazy strong arm, but he’s very precise and very smart.”

Of course, head coach Ryan Day hasn't officially named Howard the starter yet, and Julian Sayin, Devin Brown and Lincoln Keinholz continue to do their best to compete for the job.

However, if anyone has an argument for the starting spot, Howard appears to be the strongest and by far the most experienced of all the other QBs on the roster.

In one respect, however, all the quarterbacks are in the same boat – each of them learning a new offense and trying to adjust to a different style of play under first-year offensive coordinator Chip Kelly.

But as another former opposing coach who competed against Howard believes, Howard should excel in this situation and have skills that should help him succeed in Kelly's scheme.

“I think he processes the game very well,” said a Big Ten recruiting coordinator. “I can imagine that he fits in very well with what they are looking for.”

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