Ohio State starting quarterback J.T. Barrett was cited for oeprating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, according to multiple reports and confirmed by the university..
The ahletic department confirmed the arrest and the quarterback has been suspended for Ohio State's next game, a Nov. 7 contest with Minnesota.
"J.T. Barrett was cited by Columbus police Saturday morning at a campus area check point with a misdemeanor offense of OVI," according to an OSU press release. "Barrett has been suspended by head coach Urban Meyer from playing in Ohio State’s game against Minnesota on Nov. 7."
The 20-year-old quarterback was reportedly issued the citation after trying to avoid a DUI checkpoint around 3 a.m. and registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.099, according the the Columbus Dispatch. The legal limit for operating a motor vehicle is a BAC of 0.08 for someone of legal drinking age. Barrett was picked up by fellow quarterback Cardale Jones.
Barrett attended a Bishop Watterson football game ealier in the night.
While Meyer has suspended Barrett for one game, according to Ohio State's substance abuse policies his offense should be treated as a second occurance because he is under 21 and he therefore could be facing a multiple-week suspension.
"The student-athlete will be subject to a two-week suspension from all competition at theearliest available time," accoridng to Ohio State's drug and alcohol program.
"Re-instatement to the team will be considered by the Athletic Director or his/her designee in consultation with the management team."
Barrett, a captain for the Buckeyes, is coming off his first start this season against Rutgers after Jones started Ohio State's first seven games. He completed 14 of 18 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns against the Scarlet Knights while rushing for 101 yards and two scores. Last season Barrett went 11-1 as a starter, accounting for 45 touchdowns and finished fifth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.
It appears that Jones will get the start against the Gophers and put his career 10-0 record as a starter on the line. On the season Jones is completing over 63 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and five interceptions.