Jones: JT Barrett "a way better quarterback"

Michigan State linebacker says redshirt freshman QB a better fit at OSU than Braxton Miller

When Ohio State lost two-time Big Ten player of the year Braxton Miller before the season, it thrust redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett into the spotlight.

In the eyes of Michigan State linebacker Taiwan Jones, Barrett is a “way better quarterback than Braxton.”

More specifically, Jones sees a quarterback that is a better fit.

”I feel like with this offense that Barrett works better,” he said. “I feel like he has a better arm … I feel like it’s a big challenge for us.”

Jones clarified that when it comes to Miller, the would-be senior who is redshirting following shoulder surgery, he sees a better athlete. He then likened Barrett’s fit with Urban Meyer’s offense to that of Tim Tebow at Florida.

Barrett, who had a rocky start in the Buckeyes’ loss to Virginia Tech early this season, has steadily improved and has posted big numbers. Through eight games, he has passed for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns on 134 of 207 passing, while throwing just seven interceptions – three of which came against Virginia Tech.

“You see the way he’s grown over the weeks,” safety Kurtis Drummond said. “You see his composure in the pocket, the way he’s able to prolong plays, able to make plays with his feet and able to throw the ball down the field.”

He also has 496 rushing yards, showing he can be a threat to the Spartans in multiple facets of the game just as Miller did.

”I think they're both playmakers,” coach Mark Dantonio said. “He can take a bad play and make it a good play. I think J.T. plays a little bit more controlled, like a quarterback. He's throwing the ball very effectively. Minimum amount of interceptions, high percentage, and I think that's probably where the difference is.

”I also think that J.T. is a very good runner as well and he's a different type of runner, he's more of a run through you type of guy, power runner, but they will run him as well and he's got the ability to take bad plays and change 'em, too.”


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