J.T. Barrett has a long list of achievements, records and awards in his four seasons as Ohio State’s starting quarterback, and he gained another one Wednesday when he became the first OSU quarterback to be named first-team all-Big Ten three times.
The league issues separate teams, one decided by the coaches and the other by media. Barrett, a fifth-year player who already has graduated, was named to both.
He was joined on both first teams by two fellow Buckeyes: graduated center Billy Price, who was voted first team as a guard last year, and senior left tackle Jamarco Jones.
Sophomore left guard Michael Jordan was first team according to the coaches.
Running back J.K. Dobbins, just the fourth Ohio State freshman to rush for more than 1,000 yards, was named to the second team on both lists. Jordan was second team with the media.
Junior right tackle Isaiah Prince was named to the third team by both the coaches and media, while hybrid back Parris Campbell was voted third team by the coaches.
It was no surprise to see so many Ohio State players gain recognition on offense because the Buckeyes, who take on Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game Saturday night in Indianapolis, led the league in total offense (529.8-yard average) and scoring (43.8 points) in the regular season.
Barrett, who was first team as a redshirt freshman in 2014 and as a junior last year, has 36 Big Ten and/or Ohio State records, including the league mark of career touchdowns responsible for (142 either throwing or running). With at least two games to play, he has 12,246 career total yards, second only in the league to Drew Brees’ 12,692 with Purdue.
Ohio State’s defensive players have boasted several times of how the scout-team offense helps them prepare. This week, though, there is a problem: Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook is left-handed; OSU has no left-handed quarterbacks on its roster.
“We’re just using our regular scout-team quarterback guys,” defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “But we’re just pretending like they are left-handed.”
The more the better
If Dwayne Haskins Jr. is called on to play quarterback against the Badgers, and if that means he leans a little more on the running backs than Barrett might, Mike Weber said to bring it on, speaking for himself and fellow running back Dobbins.
“That’s the kind of pressure that we want,” Weber said. “We all want the ball in our hands, and if that’s what it takes for us to win the game, we’re all for it.”