Former Kentucky Wildcats’ backup quarterback Gunnar Hoak has decided to transfer to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Hoak only played in four games during his tenure with the Wildcats. He completed 13 of 26 passing for 167 yards in two seasons. He also accounted for 2 touchdowns and 1 interception in limited action.
The Buckeyes have continued the upheaval of their quarterback room in the early stages of 2019. Last season’s starting quarterback Dwayne Haskins became the No. 15 overall draft pick to the Washington Redskins. Haskins had two seasons of eligibility left, but his 50 touchdown passing performance led to the single year as the starting quarterback.
The Buckeyes also lost Tathan Martell to the Miami Hurricanes in the winter. They had a viable option in Matthew Baldwin to become the starting quarterback. However, Baldwin decided to enter the transfer portal after the spring game that featured him with incoming sophomore Justin Fields.
It’s fair to point out the Fields is the likely starting quarterback and came to the Buckeyes to be the No. 1 guy. Once he was officially granted to play in 2019, the writing was on the wall for the rest of the quarterback room. Martell wasn’t even around long enough to say hello to Fields. Baldwin appeared to be the No. 2 quarterback at worst. However, he has a special set of skills the Buckeyes could use.
Chris Chugunov began his career with the West Virginia Mountaineers. He played sparingly during the 2016-17 seasons with the Mountaineers. Chugunov also started for the Mountaineers. Meaning, he is the only quarterback with any starting experience on the roster. Yet, he is in position to be the No. 2 guy as things are presently constructed. Chugunov is a graduate transfer and he would have an opportunity to prosper with the Buckeyes if forced into action.
However, the Buckeyes still needed another high prospect to fill in at quarterback. Once Baldwin entered the transfer portal 10 days ago, it seemed like Hoak decided he could come back home to finish out his college career.
The point remains, the Buckeyes are starting anew with a plethora of quarterbacks that have plenty to prove. Keep in mind, Haskins came into the 2018 season with 57 pass attempts. Therefore, the limited experience won’t necessarily be a factor when it comes to earning a Big Ten title.