Offensive coordinator Ed Warinner expressed his disappointment in J.T. Barrett after the quarterback was suspended for a misdemeanor OVI charge. The coach confirmed comments from head coach Urban Meyer that Braxton Miller will step in to the backup spot behind starting quarterback Cardale Jones in Barrett's absence.
Left tackle Taylor Decker spoke to how Barrett's suspension, a result of what the lineman called a "selfish decision", impacts the momentum the team was trying to carry into the game against Minnesota.
As Decker said, the Buckeyes played some of their best football of the season with Barrett starting against Rutgers, but he was not the only player to elevate his play. Warinner agreed, highlighting the improved play of the offensive line.
Decker said that Barrett called the lineman and other team leaders the morning after he was charged with the OVI, and the lineman has appreciated the quarterback's approach to the suspension thus far.
In terms of events on the field, Decker said he did watch Minnesota lose to Michigan Oct. 31 and offered his thoughts on the Gophers before returning to talk of Barrett and how his actions impacted Decker's thoughts on the quarterback.