Quarterback is the foremost position in football, perhaps in all sports. College football team seasons are often made or broken by the game of their quarterback. That̵
On Friday, the 24-person selection committee made up of former players, coaches and current media members covering the Ohio State Conference announced JT Barrett as the Big Ten’s first-team quarterback. For five seasons as the Buckeye quarterback, Barrett left Scarlet and Gray as one of the program’s most successful signal callers, holding 39 Big Ten and / or Ohio State records.
?? #BTNAllDecade QB ALERT ??
? This year’s 3x B1G QB
? Only QB who goes 4-0 in the game
? National champion
Take a bow, @OhioStateFB great JT Barrett (@ JT_theQB4th).
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– Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) July 3, 2020
Barrett was a four-star prospect, the second-ranked double-threat quarterback, the 17th-best player from Texas and the 135th-ranked player in the country in the 2013 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. The Witchita Falls product picked the Buckeyes over offers from Baylor, LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Texas Tech and others.
With Braxton Miller anchored as a starter for Scarlet and Gray, it was an easy decision too Urban Meyer to red-dress Barrett during his first year on campus. As a red-haired beginner, Barrett struggled with Cardale Jones for the backup job, but when Miller went down with a shoulder injury in the fall camp, Barrett was thrown into the starting role.
Despite some early inconsistencies, Barrett eventually reached his position after a loss to Virginia Tech and improved week after week. He led Ohio State to an 11-1 record but suffered a season-ending personal injury against Michigan and had to watch from the sidelines while Jones led the team to a Big Ten and national title.
During the preseason until 2015, there was a new fight for the starting quarterback job. This time Jones won and opened the year leading the Buckeye offense. But after struggling to get the offense in exchange, Meyer switched to Barrett after seven games. Barrett missed another game due to suspension but returned to lead Scarlet and Gray to a 12-1 season, including a win against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl to end the year.
Over the next two seasons, Barrett Ohio State was undoubtedly a starter, leading the Buckeyes to a 23-4 overall record.
As a junior, Barrett threw 2,555 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 845 yards and nine more points. During his final season, Barrett passed for 3,053 yards and 35 touchdowns, rushing for 798 yards and finding the endzone 12 more times.
Barrett finished his Ohio State career with a 38-6 record as a starter, throwing for 9,434 yards and 104 touchdowns, while also rushing for 3,263 yards and 43 points. He was three times captain, three times All-Big Ten honoree, three times Big Ten Quarterback of the Year and won the Silver Football Award 2016. He has school and conference records for touchdowns in charge of and passing touchdowns, among others.
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Although he was not selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, Barrett signed with the New Orleans Saints shortly thereafter. Despite mostly serving on practice teams, Barrett has remained in the NFL since leaving Scarlet and Gray.