At his press conference on Saturday, Urban Meyer raved about a “J.T. Barnett” who was impressing him in Ohio State’s quarterbacks room. It only takes one quick scan to realize that no such player exists on the Buckeyes roster—although it’s not too hard to figure out who Meyer was making reference to.
Meet J.T. Barrett, coach.
He’s the new starting quarterback at The Ohio State University.
The plan was always for Barrett to hold that title one day—just not necessarily so soon. But with the news that a torn labrum in his right shoulder will reportedly cost Braxton Miller the entire 2014 season, Barrett suddenly finds himself atop the Buckeyes’ quarterback depth chart, with less than two weeks to go until their season opener.
Where He Came From:
At 6’1″ and 225 pounds, Barrett arrived at Ohio State in January 2013 as a 4-star prospect by way of Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. Despite enrolling early, Barrett never saw significant snaps—not in practice and certainly not on the playing field—as he recovered from a torn ACL suffered during the senior season of his high school career.
Yep, the same Barrett who is expected to take the field in Baltimore for Ohio State’s opener with Navy on Aug. 30 is the same player who hasn’t taken an actual game rep since Oct. 5, 2012. That’s obviously a scary proposition for any Buckeye fan to take into consideration, as a team that was just ranked fifth in the nation could now be lucky to…