Urban Meyer knows exactly what J.T. Barrett’s legacy at Ohio State will be.
Barrett closed his Buckeyes career on a high note after helping Ohio State to a 24-7 win over USC in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night. After the game, Meyer called Barrett a legend.
“I love him. He’s a member of the Meyer family as I said many, many times. But more importantly, he’s a legend at Ohio State. He’ll go down as one of the winningest quarterback ever to play here. He’ll go on his endeavors and do whatever he’s going to do. He has a home at Ohio State for the rest of his life,” Meyer said of Barrett in an interview with ESPN after the game.
Barrett only threw for 114 yards in the game, but he rushed for 66 yards and two touchdowns, and that was all the Buckeyes needed. Barrett ends his career as the Big Ten leader in career yards. He passed for 104 touchdowns, rushed for 43 scores, and more importantly, went 4-0 against Michigan. Ohio State also won a national championship during his freshman season. That’s a pretty nice legacy.
JT Barrett left last weekend’s game against Michigan with a knee injury, but it is not going to keep the Ohio State quarterback from playing in the Big Ten Championship Game.
On Thursday, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer confirmed that Barrett has been cleared to practice and will play against Wisconsin. The real question is how effective Barrett will be, as Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch reports that Barrett underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Sunday to remove a piece of a torn meniscus.
Meyer has not confirmed that Barrett had surgery, though he never indicated that the senior’s status for Saturday’s game was in doubt. The coach did say Monday that Dwayne Haskins Jr., who replaced Barrett in last weekend’s win over Michigan and led a comeback, would get some first-team practice reps.
Barrett suffered his initial knee injury in a collision with a cameraman before the Michigan game, and Meyer may have overreacted to that a bit.
JT Barrett says that he will play in the Big Ten Championship Game next weekend against Wisconsin despite his knee injury.
The Ohio State quarterback exited the Buckeyes’ game against rival Michigan on Saturday during the third quarter because of his knee. It turns out that his knee was injured by a cameraman before the game, which has head coach Urban Meyer furious.
Though Barrett did not return to the game after exiting and was replaced by Dwayne Haskins, the senior QB said after the 31-20 win that he would play against Wisconsin.
— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) November 25, 2017
Three years ago, Barrett was injured against Michigan and Cardale Jones took over. This time around, despite being injured, it looks like Barrett will continue to quarterback his team. At least the Buckeyes should feel good about Haskins after seeing the way he played on Saturday.
Ohio State’s hopes of winning The Game — and reaching the College Football Playoff — may have taken a big hit on Saturday.
About midway through the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan, Barrett went down on a quarterback run and did not get up. He appeared to be favoring his right knee, and limped off the field into the locker room.
J.T. Barrett has left the game for Ohio State. He limped off the field and was taken into the locker room.
— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) November 25, 2017
It’s worth noting that Barrett has had an ongoing issue with his meniscus, though it’s not clear if this relates to that. Barrett was also hurt during The Game three years ago, but the Buckeyes went on to win and make the playoff.
Barrett was replaced by redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is ready for his final career game against Michigan — and the hate that will come with it.
With the Buckeyes already headed to the Big Ten championship game, Barrett is ready for the trip to Ann Arbor — and is embracing the hate that he knows will come with it.
J.T. Barrett on how he expects to be greeted in Ann Arbor:
“I don't think it's going to be pleasant. I'm pretty sure they're going to hate me. You got to learn to love the hate. I like being hated sometimes. I don't mind it. They hate us, anyway.”
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 19, 2017
The Buckeyes have more or less had their way with Michigan during Barrett’s tenure, and another win next Saturday will ensure that he concludes his college career undefeated against the Wolverines — though that record is not without some controversy even now.
It may be difficult to believe, but the 2017 college football season is nearing bowl season, and that means 2018 NFL Draft projections are heating up.
Entering the season, expectations were put into place for certain players, but as they usually do, they’ve essentially been blown out of the water based on what’s happened on the field. In some cases, that’s been good news for players. In other cases, the opposite is true.
Here’s a look at 20 prospects who have boosted their 2018 NFL Draft stock with impressive season-long performances to date (in no specific order):
20. Braxton Berrios, WR, Miami
Considered undraftable by many entering the 2017 season, Braxton Berrios has established himself as a big-game player who makes things happen in big moments. There are obvious issues with his size (5-foot-10, 165 pounds) and speed (4.50 projected 40), but it’s impossible to ignore his heart and play-making ability. Initially a hopeful undrafted free agent projection, Berrios now seems poised to go on Day 2 of the draft.
19. Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M
At 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, Watts may be considered a bit undersized, but there’s no downplaying the film he’s put together. And while his smaller frame will hurt him when it comes draft time, scouts will be excited by his ball-hawking ability. He still needs to shore up his tackling and put on a good show at the combine, but should he do that, Watts will see his stock continue to ascend. Watts has been getting it done all season for the Aggies and has four interceptions along with eight tackles for a loss.
Urban Meyer says he is not thinking about making a quarterback change despite J.T. Barrett’s poor showing on Saturday night against Oklahoma.
Barrett was 19 of 35 for 183 yards and an interception in Ohio State’s 31-16 home loss to Oklahoma. He rushed for 66 yards on 18 carries. The offense didn’t do much, but Meyer isn’t looking to make a change yet.
Asked after the game whether he was thinking about making a change at QB, Meyer said “no,” according to Cleveland.com.
Meyer is confident Barrett will be better in the future.
“We’ve seen him play exceptional, and he will play exceptional next week,” Meyer said.
Barrett also got off to a slow start in the Buckeyes’ opener against Indiana. The team only had 13 points at the half before pouring it on in the second half and finishing with 49 points.
Going back to last year, Barrett has passed for fewer than 200 yards in a game four times in his last five starts. If Barrett doesn’t improve, Meyer may find himself thinking about giving Dwayne Haskins or even Tate Martell a shot.