At one time in his collegiate career, J.T. Barrett had to experience for the first time what it was like to play in front of 100,000-plus people. Now as a junior quarterback, he wants to see how true freshman Michael Jordan handles that situation Saturday when the Buckeyes kick off their season against Bowling Green.
Jordan will make his college debut at left guard for Ohio State when it squares off against the Falcons this weekend. As a senior for Plymouth High School in Michigan he did not allow a sack.
“I want to see Mike Jordan, I want to see what Mike Jordan got for us,” Barrett said after practice Aug. 31 in regards to who he is excited to see perform in Ohio Stadium. “I think with him, I remember in the spring game it was kind of one of those things with 100,000 people. I remember seeing him look up a couple times and I was like, ‘Yeah, they’re here, they’re not going away, relax.’
“With that, I just want to see how he goes out there, I think he’s going to be good. Pat (Elflein) is back in the mix, Billy (Price) is going to be able to help him out, Jamarco (Jones) on the left side. I think he’s going to do well for us.”
The last time a true freshman started on Ohio State’s offensive line for the season opener was 1994 when Orlando Pace – now an NFL Hall of Famer – made his debut for the Buckeyes. That puts the 6-7, 310 Canton, Mich., native in good company, but Barrett just wants him to do one simple thing when the season gets underway.
“I think him just settling down at first,” Barrett said. “I just want him to do that early on.”