Buckeye Leaves: Rutgers

Ohio State didn't waste much time in rolling over Rutgers on Saturday to move to 2-0 in the Big Ten. There were plenty of choices for the player of the game in the blowout win, but who did team BSB pick? Read on, and give us your choices as well.

Ohio State rolled over Rutgers on Saturday in Ohio Stadium, producing a number of standout performers. Who were our players of the game, though? BSB gives out our Buckeye Leaves.

Kane Anderson: With all of these games out of hand and so many players getting involved it gets harder each week to hand out a Buckeye Leaf. I’m going to show some love to Jalin Marshall today, though. His stats weren’t gaudy, but he was extremely impressive early on with some nice punt returns and catches on downs with a long distance. He had only three catches, but they all went for first downs. After playing quarterback throughout high school, it’s great to see him continue to step up as a receiver. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Buckeyes use him in the future.

Ryan Ginn: I tend to stay away from obvious choices, but I can’t ignore the work that redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has done in piloting this offense to uncharted heights. He was responsible for five touchdowns today (three by air, two by ground), and no other signal caller has a longer active streak in the country than his mark of four games in a row with at least four scores. It’s also the first time in school history that Ohio State has scored more than 50 points in four consecutive contests. He made some mistakes – including one terrible underthrow – but those hiccups haven’t been nearly as harmful as one might expect from an underclassman. It’s his team right now.

Matthew Hager: Yep. It has to be J.T. Barrett for me. At this point, one needs a thesaurus to remain fresh when describing his play. Great, terrific, wonderful, exceptional, fantastic, marvelous, awesome – Barrett has been all of that in recent weeks. This game was no different. While Rutgers isn’t among the nation’s elite, of course, Barrett made the Scarlet Knights look like a high school team at times. He continues to make the right decisions and has shown that he is dangerous with both his arm and his legs.

Marcus Hartman: The top individual standout on the day was without a doubt J.T. Barrett, who accounted for 368 yards of total offense and continued his rapid development. His 107 rushing yards represent a career high, and he went over 200 yards passing for the sixth time in as many games. He was nearly flawless to begin, going 5 for 5 passing for 59 yards and a touchdown and running for another 38 yards in the first quarter as the Buckeyes set the tone for a beatdown.

Jeff Svoboda: I'm gonna give mine to Eli Apple, who had a scoop and score vs. his home-state school. Apple was also pretty solid in coverage, too, and is starting to show up in other areas of the game, too. So far in his first six starts, Apple has two picks and a touchdown, and he's also starting to appear noticeably more confident on and off the field. For someone whose OSU career got off to a slow start -- he wasn't much of a factor last year -- Apple now looks like a potential All-Big Ten choice at corner -- or maybe more.

Blake Williams: J.T. Barrett. Sure, he missed some throws, but that’s going to happen to everyone. When it was all said and done, the redshirt freshman still accounted for five touchdowns and became the third Buckeye to clear 100 yards on the ground this season. His 33-yard scamper wasn’t exactly explosive, but it was smart running and Barrett managed to get that far without a Scarlet Knight getting a finger on him. That was emblematic of his day as Barrett consistently made the smart play, be it progressing through his reads or scrambling for positive yards. He deservedly took an early bow as Cardale Jones took over in the fourth quarter.

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