A year after Ohio State’s quarterbacks room was the talk of the college football world, J.T. Barrett moved into the unquestioned starting role with high expectations. After setting the world on fire against Bowling Green and throwing four touchdowns against Oklahoma, Barrett was in the early discussion for the Heisman Trophy.
Through Ohio State's first four games, Barrett totaled 17 total touchdowns to just four interceptions before a poor showing against Indiana (9-of-21, 93 yards) seemed to start a slow decline that Barrett and the Buckeyes struggled to recover from outside of a pair of 62-3 wins over Nebraska and Maryland.
After a loss to Penn State and a close win against Northwestern, Barrett dropped out of the Heisman race, and three straight less-than-stellar showings against the Spartans, Wolverines and Tigers brought him much blame for Ohio State’s shortcomings. Despite all of that, Barrett was named the co-winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, given to the Big Ten's most outstanding player each season.
The fact remains, Barrett threw 24 touchdown passes to seven interceptions and remains just a handful of touchdowns shy of breaking Drew Brees’ all-time touchdowns record in the Big Ten with 100, trailing Brees’ 106. With spotty wide receiver play and a young offensive line, not all of the blame can fall on his shoulders.
All of that said, Barrett probably fell short of the expectations that come with playing quarterback at Ohio State, and his performance in the Fiesta Bowl didn’t do anything to help his cause.
BSB Midterm Grade: B
BSB Second-Half Grade: C+
BSB Final Grade: B-
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