UA Combine: J.T. Barrett Working to Improve

Wichita Falls Rider quarterback J.T. Barrett says he's always trying to learn and get better. And that's why he made the trip to Florida to take part in the UnderArmour Underclassmen Combine.

"I learned that there were a lot of other J T Barretts out there: there was a lot of competition," Barrett said. "This was my first combine, and quarterback-wise, we didn't get a lot of individual work. But I was just trying to keep on improving."

Barrett seemed to improve as the day went on, especially in the 7-on-7. On the very first play, he took a "sack" because the time ran out. By the end of the session, Barrett was showing better anticipation and getting the ball out more quickly.

"I definitely would have scrambled," Barrett joked about taking the sack. "There was one time I actually did roll out because I was so used to pressure breaking down. I felt like I was back in school."

Barrett led Wichita Falls Rider deep into the playoffs this year, but said they didn't get as far as he hoped they would.

"Coach always says beat the teams you're supposed to beat and you'll be fine," Barrett said. "One game, we didn't come to play, and we got beat.

"We did get a a good head of steam going, but we just hit a wall against (Waco) Midway," Barrett said. "We came together at the end of the season and just kept pushing."

Barrett plays basketball for Rider, but said he still approached the season as if it were the football offseason.

"We have to keep working," Barrett said. "You have to keep moving and keep on improving. You can't dwell on it very long and you have to keep getting better, because everybody else is."

Barrett doesn't have any offers, but said Texas Tech might be close to extending one. He also talks with Texas coach Bryan Harsin on a week-to-week basis.

"I'm just taking it day by day," Barrett said. "Coach Harsin told me that he will be straight up with me about whether they're going to offer me or not, and he won't beat around the bush. I really respect that.

"I would say our relationship is pretty close," Barrett said. "I talk to him quite a bit, and he's always been good with me."

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