"I honestly feel like if I wasn't starting this year, Cardale would have done the same things this year," Barrett told reporters at an impromptu press conference Wednesday. "Cardale is that talented. He definitely can do it. When it comes closer to the game, I'll have him some encouragement and we'll go over some things. I'm very confident in him."
Jones enters the game with 26 rushes for 206 yards on the year while going 10 of 17 throwing for 118 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
He lost the primary backup job to Barrett in fall camp, and then Barrett quickly vaulted to stardom. Barrett admitted he had a crazy year, going from anonymous redshirt freshman to Heisman candidate by the end who set a Big Ten record for touchdowns accounted for while also rewriting the school record book.
However, he said he was attempting to take his injury in stride.
"I don't know if I'm really bummed," he said. "Definitely just you wonder why, you have those conversations and little talks with God and be like like, 'Why now?' or things like that, but you never know. I'm just taking it for what it is. What can I do, you know?"
Barrett, who had surgery Sunday, said he will be in a cast for six weeks then a walking boot after that as he rehabs.
Barrett talks about his thoughts on the upcoming weekend, why he went back into the stands to watch the end of The Game, his interactions with Devin Gardner and more in this edition of BSBTV.