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Chow time: Ohio State QB transferring to Hawaii

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Faced with the very real possibility of spending at least the next two seasons behind Braxton Miller, and in a spread offense under new head coach Urban Meyer that doesn’t suit his skill-set, Taylor Graham (no relation) has decided to head as far west as you can go collegiately.

According to Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Graham has asked for, and been granted, a release from his Buckeyes scholarship. ┬áThe redshirt freshman quarterback will transfer to Hawaii and new head coach Norm Chow‘s pro-style offense.

I do not regret coming to Ohio State. I enjoyed every minute I was there,” Graham told the Plain Dealer.

Graham, the son of former OSU and NFL QB Kent Graham, was a four-star member of Jim Tressel‘s 2010 recruiting class and was the No. 14 pro-style QB in the country according to ┬áThe Illinois high school product used a redshirt in 2010 and did not attempt a pass in 2011.

He’ll be forced to sit out the 2012 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

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22 Responses to “Chow time: Ohio State QB transferring to Hawaii”
  1. dkhhuey says: Dec 28, 2011 10:26 AM

    I hate to see anybody transfer from Ohio State but given the circumstances, it is a very smart move Taylor!!! It was highly unlikely you were going to see a moment of playing time behind Braxton and Kenny and under Urban, your chances evaporate. Good luck in Hawaii – you have totally upgraded on the views and the weather!!!

    That also frees up another scholarship to either absorb one of the 9 we lose or to pick up another 4 – 5 star recruit!

  2. woebegong says: Dec 28, 2011 10:29 AM

    The Urban God taketh away and loses some as he attempts to put Ohio State back together again. His offense will be kind of new to the big 10, so he should succeed ok once it is in place. The key to his success is in how long it takes for the other league members to catch onto it, and the availability of Qb’s that can run it. He had Tebow in Florida and guys like him are hard to find. I am sure though, that there are QB’s out there that would run the offense successfully. He just has to be able to lure them to OSU. OSU hired the best guy money could buy, and they will most likely be rewarded with good teams as long as he coaches there. He has had success every place he has gone, so I wouldn’t expect to see anything else.

  3. dkhhuey says: Dec 28, 2011 10:46 AM

    @woe – it will be interesting to watch. Braxton Miller has the skills to be quite the stud at QB given the right coaching and the right offensive game plan and I think Urban is the perfect fit. The backup QB has the skills to fit into Urban’s program as well. The backfield is stacked, tight ends stacked, and the wide receivers are young and fast. The offensive line is going to be the weak spot so creativity is going to be paramount!!!

    Our defense is going to be very fun to watch going forward. It is full of young talent and based on our current list of recruits – it has the potential to peak at ‘freakin scary’ levels.

    One of the great things I have been reading about Urban’s coaching style is that he doesn’t try to bring his own static style of football to a program but molds it around the talent he has and can acquire. Tressel did not leave the cupboard bare by any means so it will be entertaining to watch this newly painted Buckeye team play next year!

  4. woebegong says: Dec 28, 2011 10:56 AM

    I think with the spread offense, the Ol is not as important as long as they can move on the sweeps. It doesn’t require them to stand right in there and block all day long, as the QB, has to make relatively quick decisions and either find a receiver or take off with the ball. Tebow was a master of that, and if the young man they have at QB can also do it fairly competently, OSU should be Ok. Give them a year to adapt to the offensive scheme and they will be back challenging for the big 10 title again.
    Urban has gotten a lot of bad press because he left Florida the way he did, but no matter, that man can coach and his offensive scheme has worked wherever he has taken it. He is replacing big shoes but I am betting he fills them pretty quickly, and soon Tressel will be just a memory. He was a good hire for OSU.

  5. mrmondaynite says: Dec 28, 2011 10:59 AM

    1. Meyer’s style is actually the opposite of “static” – it’s a pretty dynamic and exciting spread offense.

    2. There’s no “molding” at all w/ Meyer now. He can do whatever he wants, and he’s going to run the spread.

  6. mrmondaynite says: Dec 28, 2011 11:01 AM

    W/ # 2 – I’m referring to how he kind of bent the offense a bit to cater to Chris Leak’s skills. Leak was a drop-back guy. But that was before Meyer’s 2 NCs. He’s going to run a spread regardless of his personnel. Lucky for him, he comes in and has Miller, and will begin recruiting spread QBs for the future.

    I live in Columbus, but I’m not an OSU fan (full disclosure: I’m a Kentucky fan). But I have to admit these Meyer OSU teams are going to be scary.

  7. woebegong says: Dec 28, 2011 11:19 AM

    The big ten will have to adjust to it to stay on the field against OSU in another year. The speed it brings to the field is the biggest adjustment they will have to get used to. The progressions a teams defense has to adjust to on the fly is what makes it so successful.

  8. dkhhuey says: Dec 28, 2011 11:30 AM

    @mrmo – there was a great 2 part article on Urban’s offense and how it is basically no inventing his own brand of offensive schemes but modifying those developed by a few other coaches. It is a very in-depth look at it. It also goes into great detail about the myth’s of the ‘spread offense’ which I found very educational. I think people will find that Urban’s spread offense is vastly different from Houston’s spread offense.

  9. dkhhuey says: Dec 28, 2011 11:54 AM

    Here is part 2 of that article:

  10. polegojim says: Dec 28, 2011 11:59 AM

    “He is replacing big shoes but I am betting he fills them pretty quickly, and soon Tressel will be just a memory.”

    Well…I guess sometimes hope IS a strategy!

  11. woebegong says: Dec 28, 2011 12:13 PM

    No OSU fan by any means here, but Meyer, will make a big splash in the big 10. Speed kills and he will recruit plenty of that. Give him a year to get his team assembled, and you will find an amazing turn about on OSU.
    P.S. Not a Meyer fan either, but there is no denying the success he has had, every place he has been. If he can make the Spread O work in the SEC, he can make it work anyplace.

  12. baywatchboy says: Dec 28, 2011 12:31 PM

    The Buckeyes don’t need a turnaround on the field. Next year’s juniors and seniors are players who have won Big 10 Championships and two BCS Bowl games. They went 12-1 in 2010 and 11-2 in 2009. They had difficulties this year because a number of factors: new coach, QB issues, suspensions, etc… Even with that, they were a play or two away from being 8-4 instead of 6-6.

    Rich Rod thought he could change the landscape of the Big 10 with his new offense, but UM didn’t really start winning until he was gone and things changed a bit. Next season will not be completely smooth as everyone needs to learn all over again. Three head coaches in 3 years does not breed success.

    I don’t think Meyer stays in Columbus for more than 5 years (possibly less) as that’s what his track record is and the Buckeyes will have to go through this all again.

    On the other hand, Meyer walks on water (when he doesn’t feel like splitting the sea) and everyone in the Big 10 will simply be so in awe of having the greatest coach in the history of the world that they know next season is their only chance at a Big 10 Championship.

  13. kupski says: Dec 28, 2011 1:27 PM

    The Idea that Urban is coming in and removing antiquated coaches and bringing in his own staff is Refreshing.

    Fist thing to do is get rid of that PATHETIC Quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano, cannot develop at all. If he worked for Kodak he would fail !

    Thank God that Urban seen this and has made an adjustment, because the current staff was lame and needed to be retireed ESPECIALLY Siciliano !

    Better Days Ahead folks !

  14. riles1008 says: Dec 28, 2011 3:56 PM

    I’m not so sure Meyer will be gone within 5 years. He’s inheriting a few successful classes, a great young QB with Heisman potential and is already quickly stealing 4 and 5 star recruits for UM, MSU and PSU. He’s building success for years to come. He left the small schools for bigger jobs, and left Florida because of health reasons. If his health stays ok, I don’t see him leaving. He admitted this job was the ONLY job he would ever consider taking if he came back to coaching. It’s his dream job and his biggest idol is the OSU great Woody Hayes. He will only leave through scandal or health issues.

  15. berryds1 says: Dec 28, 2011 3:58 PM

    I love seeing players leave OSU and hate seeing them go there. Remember, OSU isnt hiring the Nat’l Title Winner Meyer, they are hiring the 8-5 Meyer. It will be a short lived Columbus stint for him. I live in Columbus and hope they lose every game Go Cavs and whoever plays OSU

  16. woebegong says: Dec 28, 2011 4:01 PM

    I could see Meyers taking up long term coaching residency at OSU. Both he and his wife are graduates right? He met his wife there, and he will have a rich fertile recruiting ground to chose his players from. If he has indeed found his Nirvana as far as coaching jobs go, he will be there as long as he keeps having success.

  17. zurnvs says: Dec 28, 2011 5:14 PM

    @berryds 1

    U sir r a hater. Dan Gilbert is a loser.

  18. bozosforall says: Dec 28, 2011 8:43 PM

    zurnvs says:
    Dec 28, 2011 5:14 PM
    @berryds 1

    U sir r a hater.
    And you sir, are a crybaby.

  19. vincentbojackson says: Dec 28, 2011 10:46 PM

    He’s a “pro-style” QB, meaning he can’t run, just like his dad.

  20. dkhhuey says: Dec 29, 2011 12:00 PM

    @berry – you’re going to be a very unhappy person over the next 6 – 10 years! Urban has the keys to one of the elite football machines in the country. You add his recruiting prowess with Ohio State’s recruiting lure and you will see a coach that garners top 5 classes every single year. It is going to drive you nuts watching OSU compete for the national title during that period!!! Enjoy and you might want to get some anger management classes scheduled!

  21. gators56 says: Dec 29, 2011 2:49 PM

    I hope Ohio State knows Urb is a short timer. He must be dying that they are losing a bowl game next year. So much for his 4 and out – smoke and mirrors plan!!!

  22. dkhhuey says: Dec 29, 2011 4:34 PM

    Thanks for the crystal ball assessment of the man’s tenure at OSU. Personally, I’ll wait to see what actually happens then to take the word of a scorned Gator fan!

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