J.T. Barrett Named Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week

By DJ Byrnes on September 1, 2014 at 10:45a
J.T. Barrett and DeSean Hamilton

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J.T. Barrett did about as well as could be asked from a redshirt freshman making his first collegiate start on the road against a quality foe like Navy. It was good enough to earn him Co-Freshman of the Week honors.

Barrett made some freshman mistakes, but overall, the Wichita Falls, Texas product shined on the day. Barrett completed 12 of 15 passes for 226 yards, and he chipped in a team-leading 50 yards on the ground.

According to a release from Ohio State, Barrett's last four passes alone went for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

It's Ohio State's first Freshman of the Week since Dontre Wilson captured 
Co-Freshmen of the Week

The other freshman to earn Freshman of the Week honors is Penn State's wide receiver, DeSean Hamilton.

Penn State topped UCF in Ireland, 26-24, over the weekend, and the freshman from Fredericksburg, Virginia, broke PSU freshmen records for receptions (11) and receiving yards (165). He was the first PSU's freshman since 2005 to eclipse 100 receiving yards in a game.


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BoFuquel's picture

YEAH, HE WAS THAT GOOD. A truly amazing performance. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

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stevebelliseeya's picture

I feel better and better about this game as time goes by. I felt super angry at half time and in retrospect I think my expectations were, like most peoples, way way too high. I chalked that up to being starved for football for so long that I wanted rockets red glare, bombs bursting in air right from the start. 

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Young_Turk's picture

That 3rd quarter, where we had the the first down on 3rd but the refs screwed up the spot, then did hurry up to get stuffed on 4th down…At that point, it really was beginning to look like the stars were aligned for Navy.    Our offense is going to have to grow up fast.  


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unknownmusketeer's picture

Confession: that is when I reverted back to my lucky T-shirt.

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SHAKENBAKE68's picture

I missed 10 minutes of the 3rd quarter looking for my rabbits foot and four leaf clover.

Go Bucks!!

There is no such thing as "friendly fire"..

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jpbuckeye's picture

LOL, I did the same thing. I frantically searched for another OSU shirt. My wife thought I was crazy. I think I was crazy

...but it worked. We helped our team out!


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BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Come on guys that seems weird. I just switched seats like 5 times until mid way through the third.

Michigan Sucks!

darbnurb's picture

The refs spotted the ball on where the fumble was recovered.  Had we not hurried into the 4th down play, that call would have been reversed as the reply showed that it was obvious that the ball was fumbled after he was down.  

rdubs's picture

I was there, they did play the Star Spangled Banner at the start of the game.

Citrus's picture

I love the "last four passes" stat.

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NashBuckeye's picture

First of many such awards for JT!  I think we will see improvement each game as the O line stabilizes and Coaches show more confidence in JT by opening up the Playbook

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Killer nuts's picture

Ideally he wins this award every week this season

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Toilrt Paper's picture

Ideally he wins the Big Ten Player Of The Week......period.

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buckeyedude's picture

Devin Gardner still gets the September Heisman though. You can't have it all.



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My buck's picture

Congrats J. T. !

I think expectations have gotten really out of hand in the last few years of college football. Not just with OSU, but all powerful teams. You can see it when teams "struggle" early against underdogs. People are almost in shock when you can't score on every drive. Winning is hard, folks. And going undefeated is extremely difficult. It's tough to put together and execute a dominating game plan, let alone a dominating season. The Buckeyes are going to be tough to beat. Let's try to be patient and let this season play out. 

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BuckeyeinGA's picture

Did you all see A&M vs South Carolina?  Kenny Hill and A&M= unrealistic expectations

Performances like that with A&M's sophomore QB making first start, replacing Manziel (why Browns? WHY?), with 14 freshman listed on 2 deep and picked to finish 6th in SEC West...unleashing total domination on the OBC in HIS house at night---first game of season etc....easy to see why the media and fans of marquee programs have unrealistic expectations..."why can't WE do that?"  Most of the marquee programs have the athletes, coaches, facilities etc in place to accomplish such a task---so why not US?  Is that a valid question?

Anyone care to say what our first game would've looked like against A&M?  Or South Carolina for that matter?

You can down-vote this all you want but its a true question that no one wants to answer.  I LOVE Ohio State and bleed Scarlet and Grey!  That's why its so hard to even ask myself these things...so I asked you.

I'm a realist---so my thoughts are it would not have been pretty (similar to Ohio State vs Southern Cal 2008)

Care to be honest and live in the real world?  I guess tough life experiences keep me from living in fantasy land...OH(IO) how I want to live in Fantasy Land!  At least for ONE DAY in January in Dallas TX.  Is that too much to ask?  This year--no chance.  Next year--maybe dreams do come true!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Our offensive line was, well, offensive during the 1st half.  I saw countless times where a double teamed defensive player from Navy just pushed through it and made a play... that should really not be happening!  Chalk it up to the 1st game and 4 new lineman trying to get their sheet together..  I'm guessing the cure comes somewhere in between game experience, coaching, and some ass kicking practices

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Jabba the Hoke's picture

There was one play in particular where a guy blew through a double team where it looked like both guys just wanted to get a hand on the guy and were expecting the other to pick up the block.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

This should send a shiver down every DC in the B1G. Once the O line gets its collective stuff together (and I have total confidence with Coach Warriner training the lads), the coaches should be able to open the playbook and let JT use all the toys at his disposal - I think this will be a really fun team to watch.

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nickel beer's picture

Barrett will be. all. that.  He's going to have a stunning VT game. 

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Buckeyeinsc's picture

Impressive stats from both freshmen. I really hope we see them give JT the chance to throw the ball more next week. I think that is his bread and butter

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Buckeye46's picture

D.J., I really enjoy your stuff. That said, I listened to "Barrett made some freshman mistakes" all evening Saturday and all day yesterday. How many mistakes did he actually make? Obviously the pick was one but of the other two passes he didn't complete, one he threw away and the other probably should have been caught. The read he made on the option play was bad but if we're going to nit pick that, then Braxton made about ten "freshman" mistakes a game. Granted, Braxton turned some of these into big plays, but he lost yards on some in critical situations and I'm not the only one that noticed it. A lot of people even wanted Guiton to take over the QB job. I'm just saying let's give Barrett a break. The few mistakes he made were ones any QB makes in a game, not just freshmen. 


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TheBadOwl's picture

He also nearly threw a pick-six on a screen that we lucked out on.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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Buckeye46's picture

Key word.."nearly". Happens to all QBs.


MN Buckeye's picture

This is a great way to begin his college career!

SHAKENBAKE68's picture

Way to go JTB4!! Put a beat down on VT now!!

Go Bucks!!

There is no such thing as "friendly fire"..

buckeyehub's picture

I'm watching the game right now. again. just love watching the guy

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hit_the_couch's picture

Thank goodness for Wichita Falls. That was my go to destination, for drinking, when I wanted to leave awful Oklahoma.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Jimmy Smits's picture

Mostly agree, I thought overall he was solid.  So spoiled we are having Braxton dazzle over the past few yrs.  There were some questionable decisions, I thought.  Obviously the interception, but there looked like an opening to keep it rather than pitch on the 3rd down option near the goal line.  Not a great play call there though, IMO.  But let's face it, you expect these kinds of things with a freshman QB making first start in a long time.  Good runner, I wasn't holding my breath worried about his ball security on his run plays.  Overall I like where he goes from here, very solid play!

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Fatpants's picture

Suck it haters!

I'm just a poo gas huffin' toilet snorkeler at heart....

CGroverL's picture

Congrats to Barrett. It makes me wonder what Barrett could have done if Ohio State's offense had its' normal identity as a "power rushing team" in that game though. Ohio State has been a power rushing team for what? 75+ years? The power rushing game does wonders for quarterbacks. It weakens defensive lines, creates running and passing lanes for 2nd and 3rd QB options, and IT IS WHAT OHIO STATE DOES...except in that game against Navy. With all of the "talent" in the RB corps at Ohio State, there is only ONE power rusher on the team. He is wearing #7 and is bigger and faster than every other true RB on the squad.

Get #7 in the game. He has to have more than 2 carries. VaTech will be licking their chops if Ohio State has no power running game and Elliott is not a back like #7. #7 ran under 4.4 as a sophomore and was the 3rd fastest Buckeye on that squad. Now he is a 5th year senior and was given 2 carries where Elliott would have netted -3 yards. #7 gained 6 yards after being met in the backfield twice. Barrett and the weaker Buckeye OL need a power rusher and there is only one...

He is on the sidelines wearing #7. Barrett needs help and #7 is the help he needs. #7 makes Barrett turn from "co-freshman of the week" to offensive player of the week. Tons of speed on the team but just ONE power rusher....use #7.

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



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TheBadOwl's picture

Man, I'm as big a fan of Rod Smith as anyone here, but he had a few carries on Saturday and didn't look nearly as good as Samuel or Elliott.

Yeah, Zeke had a rough start to his day, but he had two nice carries in the fourth quarter (15 yd touchdown and a 20+ yarder up the middle where he nearly scored).

Rod will get his shot, but this squad is much better when there's a tandem of guys running the ball.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

lax20's picture

In light of how the rest of the top teams played Saturday, the victory over Navy was not too shabby.  Keep in mind Navy returned 8 of 11 starters on offense including the quarterback, both backs and the offensive line.  They returned 7 of 11 starters on 'D'.  What will irk me the most is the so called anal lyst will punish them in the polls.  Regardless of the polls not counting for the final 4, do you really think the committee is going to ignore the polls?

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Big Papa's picture

For a while in the first half the o line made it look like Jim Bollman was back. Then we threw a completed pass on first down and I realized that Bollman would have never allowed that. The group up front is green and we have the best line coach in college football. I am confident they will play better this week and continue to improve as the year progresses.  

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whiskeyjuice's picture

He had great poise for playing his first game in college.

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

Bamabucknut's picture

Will this stop "the sky is falling" crowd.(I don't think so)

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Does anything?

Michigan Sucks!