When a team loses, the quarterback becomes a lightning rod.

That’s what Ohio State is facing with J.T. Barrett after the offense sputtered Saturday in a 31-16 loss to Oklahoma. But center Billy Price gave a strong defense Tuesday of the fellow fifth-year senior.

“About whether I think there should be a quarterback change — no,” Price said. “The kid has put more records in the Ohio State record book than any other quarterback.

“J.T. and I have been through so much. That’s my guy. I’ve been through five years — summer training, winter conditioning, me throwing up on the practice field, him breaking his ankle. We’ve been through a lot. I don’t think there’s any chance there needs to be a quarterback change.”

Price acknowledged that quarterback controversies can split a locker room. He indicated that’s not an issue with the Buckeyes.

“There’s nobody who has a single doubt (thinking), ‘Hey, I don’t think J.T. is the guy who should be playing,’ ” he said.

Price added that coach Urban Meyer “has complete faith and complete trust” in Barrett, the first Buckeye ever to be voted a three-time captain.

“You’re talking about taking out the most prolific leader in Ohio State history,” Price said.

OSU gets commitment

Antwuan Jackson passed on Ohio State his first time through the recruiting process but not the second time.

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The 6-foot-2, 305-pound defensive tackle, who signed with Auburn in 2016, announced he has committed to the Buckeyes’ 2018 class.

He left Auburn after his freshman year in which he redshirted and transferred to Blinn (Texas) Junior College, the same school that current Ohio State cornerback Kendall Sheffield attended.

Jackson, originally from Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Georgia, said in June that Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was blocking his transfer to any Southeastern Conference school plus Ohio State and Clemson. That’s why he went the junior-college route.

Originally a four-star prospect according to Rivals, he was considered the ninth-best defensive tackle prospect in the nation in 2016.

Future schedules update

Ohio State will play Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois as its cross-division Big Ten games in 2020 and open its 2021 season at Minnesota with later games against Nebraska and Purdue that year.

In 2020, the Buckeyes will play Iowa at home Oct. 10, at Nebraska on Oct. 31 and at Illinois on Nov. 21 as their West division opponents. Ohio State opens its Big Ten schedule that year against Rutgers on Sept. 26. After an off week and the Iowa game, the Buckeyes will play at Michigan State, at Penn State, Nebraska, Indiana, at Maryland, at Illinois and home against Michigan.

In 2021, Ohio State will play at Minnesota on Sept. 4 to open the season. Ohio State’s next league game will be at Nebraska on Oct. 2 and home against Purdue on Oct. 9. The Buckeyes’ run of East division games begins at Rutgers on Oct. 23, followed by Michigan State, at Indiana, Maryland, Penn State and at Michigan.

Ohio State will not play Wisconsin or Northwestern in 2020 or ’21.





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