After Ohio State’s disappointing performance and home-opening loss to Oklahoma, there has been plenty of talk from those outside of the program about the need for a quarterback change.
A large portion of Buckeye fans have been quick to point their fingers at starting quarterback J.T. Barrett and blame him for the lack of offensive production. This talk is not unfamiliar for Barrett, who has previously mentioned that the credit for a win and the blame for a loss comes with the job.
Despite the lack of offensive production at the end of last season, there was not nearly as much talk about replacing Barrett from Buckeye Nation at the time.
And it certainly wasn’t to the level that it was in 2015 when Cardale Jones won the starting job, but then found himself competing all season long against Barrett. It was apparent that Buckeye supporters were not happy with the production of Jones and wanted Barrett in the lineup instead.
The debate is back again, but this time it is more irrational in the sense that both Jones and Barrett had at least been starters prior to the 2015 season. This year, however, many Ohio State fans have given up on the reputable Barrett and instead believe that a young and unproven quarterback will be the answer to all of the Buckeyes’ offensive problems.
Graduate senior center Billy Price believes that although everyone is entitled to their own opinion, the thought of Barrett losing the starting job at quarterback is irrational.
“In the particular case on whether or not I think there should be a quarterback change… no. Again, the kid has put more records in the Ohio State record book than any quarterback in the entire Ohio State program,” said Price.
“J.T. and I have been through so much and I don’t think that…that’s my guy… that’s the guy… I’ve been through five years, I’ve been through winter training, summer conditioning, me throwing up on the practice field, him breaking his ankle… I mean we’ve been through a lot. So again, I don’t think that there’s any chance there needs to be a quarterback change. I think… for him to continue to work harder, to continue for myself to work harder, to continue for this offense to put ourselves in better positions to actually execute the ball as we know we should, and as we know how to, and we’ll be fine.”
People have this idea that changing the quarterback and putting in a new guy will be the solution to win games. Consequently, a quarterback change can have a huge impact on the team and could potentially split the team apart.
“Well, you’re talking about taking off the most prolific leader in Ohio State history, one of the best guys, one of the top 1A-1B type names in Ohio State history itself. I think yeah it would absolutely split the locker room,” said Price.
Price is not the only one to passionately defend Barrett and express that he is opposed to the idea of replacing his quarterback. Cardale Jones has used Twitter to show his support for his friend and former teammate Barrett as well
Win or lose, JT has done more than any player in OSU HISTORY. Best QB to ever play for the Bucks, so let's not forget & start point fingers
— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) September 10, 2017