“Statistically the things that he’s doing, numbers don’t lie,” 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith said. “Tom Herman and our offensive staff are putting him and putting other guys in positions to make plays and J.T. is doing nothing but capitalizing on every chance and opportunity so I think he’ll continue to do that.”
Barrett broke the record Smith set during his Heisman campaign for touchdown passes in a season against Indiana and now had 33 on the year. With 2,658 yards through the air, Barrett has already bettered the 2,542 Smith threw for in 2006 and his rushing total of 849 yards dwarfs Smith’s 204.
Statement games against Michigan and in the Big Ten championship game against either Wisconsin or Minnesota could go a long way towards locking up a trip to New York for Barrrett. Smith, a Heisman voter, said he waits as long as possible before casting his vote.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for that process, having an understanding of what it takes to win the Heisman Trophy,” Smith said. “We have great talent throughout the nation and I’m definitely biased towards the guys who are going to be wearing scarlet and grey if they’re going to be up there. But you didn’t hear that from me.”