Mike Carter -- USA Today

Ohio State's J.T. Barrett: It Would Be 'Really Hard' To Leave

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett said it would be tough to leave the Buckeyes after a season-ending loss.

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Ohio State junior quarterback J.T. Barrett has options, but he hasn't given those too much thought just yet.

Barrett, a fourth-year junior who has already earned his degree, said after the Buckeyes' loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl that he hasn't thought about his future yet, but noted it would be tough to leave on such low note.

"My main focus was to focus on this year," Barrett said. "I didn't really give it that much thought, but it will be really hard for me to walk away when we just lost 31-0."

The Wichita Falls, Texas, native could enter the NFL draft or, theoretically, transfer to another school and play right away as a graduate, though the second option is much less likely.

Barrett, who is Ohio State's all time leader in touchdown passes, completed 19 of 33 passes for 127 yards and two interceptions in the loss to Clemson. He was also sacked three times and totaled minus-2 rushing yards on 11 carries. He finished the 2016 season with 2,555 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions to go with 205 carries – the most on the team – for 845 yards and nine more scores.


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