Ohio State football adds Oregon State transfer quarterback Tristan Gebbia

Joey Kaufman
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State is adding a veteran to its quarterback room.

Tristan Gebbia, who spent five seasons at Oregon State before putting his name in the NCAA transfer portal two weeks ago, is joining the Buckeyes for his final season of eligibility.

"I am excited to get started on this new journey," he wrote in an announcement posted on Twitter on Wednesday.

The expected arrival of Gebbia provides the Buckeyes with additional depth at the position with Kyle McCord and Devin Brown to compete this offseason to replace C.J. Stroud as their starting quarterback. Stroud, who starred for two seasons behind center and became the most efficient passer in program history, declared for the NFL draft on Monday.

Gebbia has some starting experience, having started five games for the Beavers in 2019 and 2020, but had slid down the depth chart in recent seasons after tearing a hamstring. Rehabilitation from the injury sidelined him for all of 2021, and he appeared in only four games last fall.

Nov 7, 2020; Corvallis, Oregon, USA; Oregon State Beavers quarterback Tristan Gebbia (3) warms up prior to the game against the Washington State Cougars at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Despite losing the starting job, he was selected as a team captain for three straight seasons. Over his career with the Beavers, he completed 128 of 200 passes for 1,250 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions

Gebbia first enrolled at Nebraska in 2017 as a four-star recruit from Calabasas, a suburb of Los Angeles, before transferring to Oregon State the following year.

Next fall will mark his seventh season in college. The Oregonian has reported he is in position to obtain a medical redshirt after being out in 2021, a waiver that would provide him with the additional year of eligibility.

Once Gebbia enrolls, Ohio State would have four scholarship quarterbacks for next season between him and McCord and Brown, as well as freshman Lincoln Kienholz enrolling this summer.

Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at or on Twitter @joeyrkaufman.

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