Barrett’s Buckeye Career Comes To Fitting Conclusion

J.T. Barrett

The final game of J.T. Barrett’s legendary Ohio State career was a microcosm of his five years with the Buckeye football program.

Barrett led a sometimes frustrating and inconsistent offense, struggled at times in the passing game but hit a few key passes. He converted several crucial plays with his legs, set a few records, and walked off a winner.

He finished the Cotton Bowl 11-for-17 passing for 114 yards, and added another 66 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Those numbers weren’t eye-popping, but his final career numbers certainly were. Barrett broke Drew Brees’ Big Ten conference record for total offense with 12,697 yards.

“It’s pretty crazy. I mean, since I was little, I looked up to Drew Brees,” Barrett said. “To be able to pass a record like that, just very grateful the people that were around me, coaches that have been part of my journey, O line, receivers, tight end, running backs, receivers, everybody that helped me achieve that. It’s definitely an honor and a blessing.”

After the game, it seemed to hit Barrett that his time in a Buckeye uniform was now over.

“I’m very grateful for everybody,” he said. “Everybody’s been a part of my life to help me through this journey, coaches, my teammates that were here tonight and then people I played in the past.”

J.T. Barrett lunges into the end zone to make it 24-0 Buckeyes.

Throughout his collegiate career, Barrett was known – sometimes derisively – as “a distributor.” But while he tried to distribute the credit in every direction after the game, his teammates and coaches put it all back on him.

“Elite leader that raises the level of those around him, raises the level of toughness, of will to win, of the practice habits, the human spirit,” said head coach Urban Meyer.

Four-year starters playing their final game, Billy Price and Barrett.

“I’m blessed to be able to play with a man like him and for him to be my quarterback the last two years,” said sophomore WR Austin Mack. “He taught me how to be a leader. He’s one of the greatest leaders I’ve ever played with.”

“Just his leadership, the way he attacks every day, workouts, practice, meetings,” said redshirt freshman QB Dwayne Haksins. “He’s very professional. I’ve learned a lot from him.”

Barrett will now shift his focus to preparing for the NFL Draft, but Meyer said he’s still hoping to convince his quarterback to follow a different path down the road.

“I know he says he doesn’t want to coach, but I’m not done trying to get him to coach because he should do that,” Meyer said.

“He should be in a position someday — I know he’s going to go play in the NFL, and that might be his platform. But he should be in a position someday — God made a special guy there, very unique guy. And he’s got a skill set that I haven’t come across very often.”

25 Responses

  1. Good luck to the young man in whatever he does. No matter if you were a fan or not, you can never say he didn’t give it his all at OSU.

  2. JT fits the system that Coach Meyer has created. He protects the ball when needed, runs the zone read well and completes passes when given a decent opportunity.

    As for any QB, JT is only as good as the play calling. With a 24 point 1st half lead, the strategy is DO NOT turn the ball over. Play it safe and let the defense win the game (it’s not about style points). JT did exactly that. It’s not always exciting, it’s not always pretty, but it’s effective.

    For the last 3 quarters, we almost exclusively threw only when needed on 3rd & long. And of course the SC defense dialed up blitzes. JT will not fumble or make a risky throw – he took the sack in a very safe manner). When OSU did change up and threw on 1st down or 2nd and short, JT threw some nice balls.

    The game announcers mentioned the chess game between Urban and the USC DC. It never materialized with OSU being given a big lead. Urban kept his king well protected and never gave the SC defense opportunity for a big play.

    As for offensive style, rarely does Coach Meyer allow guys to fling it around – against PSU this year, we were behind and had to throw to come back. We opened against Iowa trying to throw and the result was bad. Lesson was learned and the remainder of the season was zone-read with occasional throws to keep defenses honest.

    Coach Herman earned Coach Meyer’s complete trust. Coaches Beck/Warriner did not. Coaches Wilson/Day do not yet have it – and Iowa may have been a step backwards.

    Next year will be interesting as we have QBs with different skill-sets than JT/Tebow. As Cardale struggled with play-calling that did not fit his skill-set, will Dwayne/Joey have struggles – my guess is “yes”. The starting QB will be the one that buys into the system, protects the ball, can throw well enough to keep defenses honest and creates opportunities to win big games – probably with his legs.

    1. In high school, Tate Martell ran the zone-read as smoohly as JT (watch some clips on YouTube) and never lost a game in 3 years. The transition into new QB COULD be seamless.

      But because he is an underclassman, I do not expect him to start in 2018. Though he would be as effective as Mayfield or Manzel on the college level.

      1. JT was an underclassman when he got his first start.

  3. I thought rob ollers column in todays dispatch regarding the buckeye offense this season was right on the money. If you get a chance read it.

  4. What a great player and person. He has always given his best. He places the team first and is always humble. He gives credit to God in all things. He won’t be going pro but he is one of the all time buckeye greats. I appreciate watching him play these past few years. Nobody has been a better decision maker in the option. Barrett was always a load running the ball and one of the best short yardage gainers we have seen. If there was a yard to get…very rarely was he stopped. He may not have been the most prolific passer but he didn’t make a lot of mistakes either. All time Buckeye great.

  5. NFL. Lol. Ok. Enough with this nonsense. The leader held this team back all year.

  6. JT couldn’t have sized up his career any better than the Cotton Bowl game he slapped together! Good luck with your non nfl football playing career JT and we’ll always have that 30 minutes of football in the 2nd half of the PSU game!

  7. Reading these comments I gotta shake my head in amazement. Thanks, Joe Thomas Barrett for the guts and the glory – and yes, even the disappointment. I’ve watched every Buckeye quarterback since Rex Kern (who’d be booed by this lot today because he threw a lot of picks and wasn’t “a great passer”). What your career was is that of a winner, sometimes through the air, sometimes on the ground, but ALWAYS through the head and heart of a champion.
    By my count Barrett had 2 bad throws out of the 17 he was asked to make, 2 more were dropped by receivers, and 3 sacks allowed by the OL to ‘$C’s blitzes. Whatever perceived flaws there were with Barrett’s game can be answered firmly with the above plus the fact that whenever you have a game where a team only attempts 17 passes you have an offensive coordinator who is sitting on a lead and abdicating his mandate to score at will. Has nothing to do with the best quarterback in B1G history by the numbers, and also by accomplishments of his TEAM during that time.

  8. JT was a great leader and teammate. In his first year playing, he just played and was too inexperienced to overthink things. Used his natural ability without fear. That made him hard to defend. Each year since, his tendency to hold onto the ball too long to make the perfect throw got worse and the overthinking (fear of INT) eroded his natural ability. He played under three different QB coaches and OC’s in 4 years. Poor OC play calling and game management during the two middle years intrenched his bad habits (poor decision by Meyer not to change OC). QB coach Day ( a very good QB coach who does not need replacement) improved things this year but could not eliminate them. Still I finally saw JT throwing WR’s open this year. Much of the “poor play calling” this season was done to protect JT from throws he can’t make consistently and JT still held onto the ball too long under pressure. That is why Haskins looked so good – his throwing ability changed what plays / routes could be called.

    Haskins / Burrow will benefit greatly from Day’s tutoring and open play calling because they can make all of the throws. I expect one of them to transfer after theSpring game unless Meyer makes the mistake of running a two QB system. IF OSU offense doesn’t become less predictable in 2018, then it is on Meyer who is refusing to allow the offense to evolve under Wilson. In 2018, OSU will have to beat TCU in Dallas, PSU in Happy Valley, MSU in Lansing next year to go to CFP. Great defense alone won’t win all of those games.

  9. I get so sick of the garbage I read about J.T. He’s been a great player for the Buckeyes and it’s a shame a large portion of the spoiled fan base doesn’t appreciate him. Wins and records speak for themselves. Maybe when OSU goes 7-5 we’ll wish J.T. was still running the show.

      1. If defending a Buckeye legend is being a “snowflake” then I am in good company. In any event, J.T.’s record speaks for itself and no amount of whining from the malcontent segment of the OSU fan base can change that.

        1. Need a kleenex to wipe your tears? JT Barrett was a great Buckeye………great RPO quarterback…………..a crappy passer.

          1. …who finished No. 2 in career pass efficiency in Ohio State history.

  10. Yes, JT is a great team player and a good kid, but good GOD he was NOT a good QB! Watching McSorley carve up Washington today should serve as a reminder to those who slobber over JT of what a great QB is supposed to look like! Time to move on.

    1. While I get that JT is an inconsistent passer and not a pro QB I am glad we had him –not only is he a good kid who took a lot of crap–most of it unjust from armchair qb osu fans like some commenters in these articles–but the kid frickin broke not only OSU but Big Ten records in many big categories to go along with his great leadership and calmness and his zone read running that yes, while the coaches may have overused some in big games like 2015 MSU, JT himself WON some big games with his running ability..Ibet looking back OSU fans will be more grateful we had JT at the helms..I wish him the bets down the road whatever he goes into..and hey–the kid was 4-0 against scUM–NOBODY else has done that. I’m glad JT was/is a Buckeye!

    2. Well put. Hornibrook of Wisconsin was even better than McSorley yesterday but both are great passing QB’s that can carry a team against premium defenses. They both know how to release the ball ON TIME and throw it accurately to where the receiver is GOING TO BE and where the receiver can catch it. It is really a dilemma but JT set tons of records while also holding this team back in games against good teams with good defenses. His real strength was doing the zone read and making key runs but that became much harder as the defenses began playing closer and closer to the line of scrimmage because of his passing ability.

  11. JT was truly a great leader and teammate, but a very inconsistent passer which is what will keep him from being drafted until the later rounds. Whoever does draft him will try to turn him into a receiver, much like Braxton Miller. I wish him the best and much success. He would (as Urban said) make a great coach some day.

    1. The Buckeyes have an immediate need for a quarterback coach. The one currently on staff is awful. JT would be excellent working on the sidelines with fresh young talent. There are caveats that could be laced in that, but why pick. He’s the best RPO quarterback in College football and has a complete understanding of the philosophy of CEO Meyer. Plays within the system that were out of JT’s strengths won’t be out of reach of any of the guys on the roster and coming in. JT’s job would be fairly straight forward, teach the nuances of ball handling and distribution, how to read front sever defenders and either pitch or run.

      I think within a few short years he would be a highly prized coach with a lot of hounds sniffing his scent.

      1. Are you saying J.T. Barrett would be a better QB coach next year than Ryan Day?

            1. Shouting nonsense. Watching JT flounder and struggle in the downfield passing game never changed. In fact, other than a couple of games it regressed to the disturbing level. That is 100% the fault of the person tasked to develop him. The results? Day stinks as a coach. BYE! Get someone who can actually develop players rather than a bum who rides a CEO’s friendship. The difference between say, Alabama or Clemson. Their head men hire assistants and don’t expect them to produce. They demand they produce results straight out of the gate. CEO Meyer has turned into an assistant producer to a baby sitter of bums.

              1. James: JT obviously performed better, as did Cardale Jones under the tutelage of Tom Herman in his first year of playing and both he and Cardale suffered mightily the next year without Herman and neither our offensive coordinator or our QB coach had a clue about offense. However, I don’t think his consistent failure to release the ball on time or to throw accurately has ANYTHING to do with coaching. These are mainly God given skills just like speed, quickness and good hands are. Look how good a passer Haskins is by comparison and he has had the same coaches as JT. And the same applies to Burrow as well.

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