Man you guys that completely rely on JT's stats, did you not watch remember the games? I'm not gonna pull up the games exact stats, but I remember them relatively close.
GAME 1 Navy
JT's line looks deceivingly good, like 12-15 couple hundred yards. Great #'s first game. But anyone remember this game? Herman would not throw a pass past 5 yards whole 1st half. They did not trust JT throwing the ball. I at one point asked myself how we were going to score until Lee returned that fumble. Also remember Devin Smith caught an under thrown 80 yard TD pass where the defender fell down extremely padding his stats. They played the game not to lose. Everyone gives mulligans fir It being Barrett's first game and act like it was the first time any of his teammates ever started a game too. Cardale has 0 growing pains, needs for acclimation and his performance against Wisconsin gets dismissed.
Game 2 enough said
- look at JT's stats against these 4 teams relative to the rest. The defenses he faced ended up in rankings for totL defense in '14 at 84th, 98th, 94th and 96th people... Out of 125.
Game 7 Penn State
-love how JT gets lauded for his play here playing injured. Uh he played injured because playing another top 20 defense, JT passed so bad in the first half 2 picks 1 housed) Urban completely shut down the passing O second half. Urban ran read option all 2nd half clinging on to lead almost lost, he did so because JT was once again overwhelmed facing a top defense, second time in 7 games. How did Cardale do against 3 top teams in a row. I know that was because the rest of the team wasn't good....
Game 8 Illinois
- with a sprained knee JT had no business playing a meaningless opponent with Michigan State looming. Urban had no choice in starting him, he could not risk JT going up to Michigan State from the Penn State disaster. His idea was for JT to carve up Illinois #99 D for a few series and give him and Urban himself confidence. Do we forget the Illinois game?? JT was all over the place, couldn't hit broad side of a barn to the tune of Urban uncomfortably forcing Barrett to throw 27 passes in the first half !! To finally find the end zone a couple times against one of country's worst defenses.
Next two games were JT's as I g grace though he didn't pass extremely well against Minnesota in the snow but still played well. Going into the Michigan State game, we forget so easily, there was not 1 OSU fan who felt good about Barrett against Michigan State. He had a bum knee, against 2 defenses similar to Michigan States had lost 1 already and almost single handedly lost the other, and was coming off a week he couldn't move the ball against a winless Illinois team at home to boot. People need to remember these growing pains JT went through, ones Cardale did not.
Lastly , Indiana had the #109 ranked defense. Lest we forget once again... (A poster earlier posted this games stats in support of JT) we were up 21-20 going into the. 4th against the #109 ranked D. After a successful 1st drive where Barrett found Vannett a few times including a score, Barrett was abysmal and would have been to blame for the loss. He had 7 of his completions to Zeke for 35 yards and this is because he threw two picks against this defense and lost confidence throwing downfield. This is the game Jalin Marshal was all world including housing a shovel pass for 50 some yards that looked great in JT's box score as a TD pass, this after making the 1 handed catch of the year for a TD as well. JT's passing line was nowhere indicative to how he played. What's funny here is Cardale gets dismissed as having a team going at full strength full cylinders. This was week 11!
Against Michigan, I just watched the replay.. JT ran well, but was very erratic throwing the ball. Missed Michael Thomas alone on 3 misfires alone in the first half. Game was in the balance towards the end and he was hurt.
Another thing I've never seen brought up in this debate? How bout durability? JT has gotten hurt everywhere he's been including blowing out a knee in high school, missing a half for a sprained knee and fracturing his ankle. To my knowledge, Cardale has never been hurt. Can you count on Barrett staying healthy?
Look I love JT, it just drives me nuts when people act like he was lights out last year because of his Michigan State performance, just was not the case. JT struggled against 4 of the top defenses he faced played well at Michigan State. He made his season through 6 games, weeks 3-6 and Mich Staye and Minnesota. He was pedestrian to outright terrible in all other games, hardly a body of work telling me anything of certainty he could match what Cardale did. I do t care if Cardale is a 6'5 250pound lucky charm... I go with that all day long if the team plays better with him nine sues that was the case. Barrett's 15 rushes a game gives opportunities to all the playmakers this year. Gotta go with Cardale.