Ohio State's J.T. Barrett Named 2016 Big Ten Quarterback of the Year

By Eric Seger on November 30, 2016 at 5:29 pm
Ohio State's J.T. Barrett is the 2016 Big Ten Quarterback of the Year.

Add another award to J.T. Barrett's already lengthy list of laurels.

Ohio State's redshirt junior is the 2016 Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year, the Big Ten announced on Wednesday evening. It is the second time Barrett has won the award—he also took it home in 2014, the same year he was named the conference's Freshman of the Year.

Barrett led the No. 2 Buckeyes to an 11-1 regular season record and is second in the conference with 24 touchdown passes against only five interceptions. His 140.8 passer rating is good for fourth in the conference. Barrett finished the regular season completing 214-of-346 passes for 2,428 yards and ran 194 times for 847 yards—both league highs for quarterbacks—and nine touchdowns. His 33 total touchdowns and 3,275 total yards are good for first and third in the conference, respectively.

Barrett broke Bobby Hoying's record for career touchdown passes at Ohio State with his 58th scoring toss in his team's 58-0 thumping of Rutgers on Oct. 1. Two weeks later, the Buckeye signal caller set a new Ohio State record for career touchdowns accounted for with 89. Barrett connected with Noah Brown at Wisconsin for a game-winning touchdown pass in overtime to overtake Braxton Miller on that list.

He now has 100 career touchdowns responsible for, a handful away from Drew Brees' all-time Big Ten record. Barrett also tied his own and Kenny Guiton's record for touchdown passes in a game with six against Bowling Green in the season opener. He also ran for a touchdown against the Falcons, helping him set a new record for touchdowns accounted for in one game with seven.

Barrett threw for more than 200 yards in seven of 12 games this season and had four games with multiple touchdown passes.

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