Catrell Simpson, Feb. 19, 2017
It sounds crazy to run out of town the QB with the most touchdowns in school history. You may think this is an overreaction to the embarrassing performance put on by the Ohio State offense in the Fiesta Bowl, but it is far from it. J.T. Barrett has not been the same since his ankle injury suffered against rival Michigan in 2014.
After Braxton Miller went down with a season-ending injury in 2014, Barrett was thrown into the fire. He lost his first ever game, but he bounced back like no other. He went undefeated the rest of the season and before his injury, he was even considered a Heisman hopeful. After his injury, Cardale Jones came in and did not miss a beat. Jones led the Buckeyes the rest of the way to a National Championship.
The following season Ohio State lost their offensive coordinator, Tom Herman, and it was evident that the offense was not the same. Jones was the starter for half of the season and struggled. Barrett came in mid-season to replace him, and he also struggled. Even with the QB’s never finding a rhythm, the Buckeyes still managed to be successful behind the 12 players who were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Last season, Barrett was the outright starter and never had to look over his shoulder to worry about his job security. The Buckeyes were winning games, but some games were way closer than they should have been.
2016 showed me that J.T. Barrett does not show up in the big games. I don’t want to hear about how he shredded the Oklahoma defense. In that same game, Ohio State’s defense was locking up everything. Also, Noah Brown was playing like a man possessed and caught everything that was thrown in the vicinity of him. Curtis Samuel saved the Buckeyes playoff hopes when he took over the 2nd overtime against Michigan. Don’t even get me started on the disaster he and the offense put on in the playoff game.
By no means am I saying J.T. Barrett is a bad QB. I know he is talented. I just think his time as an elite QB at THE Ohio State University has passed.
Texas would be the perfect situation for Barrett and here are some reasons why:
First, he is from Texas. He played ball at S.H. Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. Playing football close to home could be very enticing for him.
Another reason would be because Tom Herman is now the head coach at Texas. Barrett had his most successful season in 2014 with Herman as his offensive coordinator. He is scheduled to graduate in the fall, so he could transfer to Texas and not have to sit out any time. Plus, I am sure he wants to pursue a career as an NFL QB, and Herman would do all he could to help prepare him for that.
The final reason why is because the Buckeyes have a lot of depth at QB. I went to the spring game last season, and I watched Joe Burrows outperform Barrett with my own eyes. Also on the roster is former 5-star recruit Dwayne Haskins Jr. Haskins redshirted last season, but he was very close to being Barrett’s backup. Ohio State added another dual-threat QB in this year’s recruiting class, Tate Martell. His high school films shows that he is extremely talented and will be the future of this team.
Although this transfer is highly unlikely, it is something J.T. should keep in the back of his mind. If he transferred to Texas, it would set him up better for his future, and it would give Ohio State a chance to open up their playbook and have an open QB competition.
Whether he transfers or not, one thing is for sure: Running QB Draw down the throats of every opponent is not the answer.