Ohio State '20 PA QB (SR) - Will Howard (Kansas State Transfer)

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    • Day isn't ready to name Howard as the team's starter yet, saying he needs to earn the respect of the building first. "Will came here to play football, so I hope that's his mentality. ... He's gonna learn the offense and get going but he's done a great job so far."
     
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    • On Howard: "I like his competitiveness, I like his toughness. ... He's got a mature approach about him, he's got an ability to throw the football and when he needs to run he can run."
     
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    • On watching Bill O’Brien leave Ohio State for Boston College: “It was the quickest turnaround I’ve had with offensive coordinators,” Howard said with a laugh. “We totally understand that Coach O’Brien had to do what he had to do, and it made a lot of sense for him and his family. There’s no love lost at all. But I think the move we made with Coach Kelly and getting him as quick as we did showed how invested Coach Day is in this year and how much we’ve invested in this year. That’s a heckuva hire. He’s a really good dude to be around and learn from.”
    • On his first impressions of Chip Kelly: “Really, really smart dude. … A ton of knowledge. He’s been around. He knows everyone. His schemes are really quarterback-friendly. … It’s a lot of really good stuff that he’s done.”
    • On Ohio State’s approach heading into 2024: “We know how much is on the line. We know how much we have already given to this season and invested in this team. I think we had a really, really good winter. The way that guys were bought in, the leadership we have on this team, the number of guys that decided to come back and come to this program – it’s exciting. We know what’s on the line. We’re chasing that one percent every single day. At the end of the day, we know our goal is to win and to win all of them.”
    • On the difference between Kansas State and Ohio State: “We won games at Kansas State because of the guys we had and the ‘togetherness’ we had. But we have that here, and we also have the talent. I’ve never been a part of something like this, and I am excited to see where this leads.”
    • On Chip Kelly’s scheme: “Easy throws. He does a lot of good stuff in the RPO world. I think a lot of the things he’s teaching us that we don’t have to work harder; we just need to work smarter. (We need to get) the ball to the guys on the outside that we have and let them go make plays in space. That’s gonna be big for us this year. He’s putting me in the best position possible to be a point guard out there.”
    • “I got one more year. I didn’t come here to be nervous or timid or anything like that. I’m ready to go. … It might not all be perfect, and I might make a few mistakes, but that’s how I’m gonna learn. Nothing is too big for me. Nothing is too big for this team. … It’s gonna be a lot of learning across the board, but I am excited for that. I want to embrace that. That’s the cool part about this.”
    • Howard said he will need to earn a leadership role on Ohio State’s roster and knows it won’t be given to him: “You don’t want to come in here yelling at people. They’re not gonna respect you. They’re not gonna listen to you. At least not until you have that baseline of a relationship. If they know that they can respect me and trust me to do my job, then I can go out there and bring them along when something is not right.”
    • Howard said he took some Ohio State teammates to a rodeo a couple of weeks ago.
    • Howard said he has good knowledge of Ohio State’s offense but spring practices will test how much he actually knows. “I haven’t repped it yet. My knowledge of it is good. I feel comfortable with my knowledge of it. It’s just going out there and actually doing it.”
    • On Ohio State’s offense after having O’Brien and now Kelly in the building: “We are who we are. We will run what we run. … For the most part, we are gonna run Ohio State’s offense with some wrinkles here and there. It hasn’t changed much. Foundationally, it’s very similar. That’s been good for me.”
     
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