As Michigan won the national championship, All-SEC running back Quinshon Judkins announced that he was transferring to Ohio State from Ole Miss. Photo Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Dec 30, 2023; Atlanta, GA, USA; Mississippi Rebels running back Quinshon Judkins (4) prepares for a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

With Michigan winning the national championship, Monday probably wasn’t a great day for Ohio State’s football teams or its fans. The Buckeyes did, however, get a jolt to their team by way of the transfer portal.

Running back Quinshon Judkins, who’s topped 1,000 yards rushing in each of the last two seasons for Ole Miss, is transferring to Ohio State.

He shared the news on Twitter/X.

“I’m extremely excited to join THE Ohio State football program,” Judkins said. “I’m looking forward to being a part of a winning culture and doing my part to beat the TUN and bring a Big 10 Championship and National Championship to Columbus. The RB brotherhood at Ohio State is incredibly special and I am grateful to have an opportunity to be a part of that. I chose this place because I know I can help this team win championships as well as continue my development as a student-athlete. Go Bucks.”

The fact that he timed his announcement to directly correspond with Michigan’s National Championship game win was not lost on people.

Judkins figures to be part of a revamped backfield at Ohio State. It will also include quarterback Will Howard, who joined the Buckeyes after transferring from Kansas State.

On paper, Judkins looks to be a huge addition to the Buckeyes. He rushed for 1,567 yards and 16 touchdowns as a freshman at Ole Miss in 2022, earning the SEC Freshman of the Year Award in the process. He followed that up in 2023 by rushing for 1,158 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2023. In both 2022 and 2023, Judkins was named First-Team All-SEC.

He’ll be joining an Ohio State team that is certainly on a short list of favorites for both the Big 10 Championship as well as the national championship. The Buckeyes have gone 11-2 in each of the last three seasons. In 2023, they started 11-0 before losing the regular season finale to Michigan, then dropping the Cotton Bowl to Missouri.

[Quinshon Judkins on Twitter/X]

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