16 J.T. Barrett

JT Barrett Ohio State
usaUnited States
Wichita Falls, TX
High School
Past Teams
Ohio State
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Post-OSU Update: J.T. Barrett was not drafted in the 2018 NFL Draft. Barrett did spend time on multiple teams practice squads (Saints, Steelers), but never played an NFL game. Barrett spent one year in the CFL with Edmonton. After he retired from playing football, Barrett went into coaching. Barrett is in his second year coaching the Detroit Lions and is currently the assistant quarterbacks coach. (updated: Dec. 2023)

Major: Communications (2014-16)

Weight: 222 (2016), 225 (2014-15), 230 (2013)

2017 Media Guide: J.T. Barrett has been a team-leader almost since Day 1, a fifth-year senior who is 26-4 as a starting quarterback … he has thrown for 6,381 yards (3rd at Ohio State) and 69 touchdowns (1st) and rushed for 2,456 yards (17th) with 31 touchdowns … has finished among top 10 vote getters for Heisman Trophy twice, including 5th in 2014 … graduated in December 2016 with a degree in communications … interned in Bristol, Conn., at ESPN, this past May along with receiver Parris Campbell … travelled to Ecuador for a week following his ESPN work and helped deliver shoes to those in need as part of the Athletic Department’s Soles 4 Souls program … Barrett will be the first three-time captain in school history … eight players, in 127 previous Ohio State football seasons, have been a two-time captain … he is six touchdowns shy of Drew Brees’ Big Ten record of 106 TDs responsible for … set Big Ten record in 2014 with 45 total touchdowns … has set 23 Ohio State records … needs 1,167 passing yards for that school record and needs 535 rushing yards to top 3,000 rushing yards and move into Ohio State’s all-time rushing Top 10 … needs just five yards to break Art Schlichter’s record of 8,850 yards of total offense.

2016: Started all 13 games and led the Buckeyes to an 11-2 season that included a return to the College Football Playoff semifinals … Ohio State was the first team that didn’t win a conference championship to be selected into the CFP, buoyed by a 3-1 record vs. Top 10 teams in the CFP poll and including wins at Oklahoma, at Wisconsin and over then-No. 3 Michigan … joined Cornelius Greene, Bob Hoying and Braxton Miller as Ohio State quarterbacks with multiple 10-win seasons … threw for a career-high 349 yards against Bowling Green on his way to the fourth-most passing yards in school history for a season, 2,555 … tied his own school record with six TD passes that game as well … completed 70-percent of his passes with four touchdowns in win at Oklahoma … his 3,400 yards of total offense trailed only his 3,772 yards in 2014 in Ohio State history.

2016 Media Guide: Two-time team captain J.T. Barrett – he has already been named a 2016 captain and he was selected by teammates as a captain in 2015 as a sophomore – will lead the Buckeyes in 2016 as the starting quarterback and as a preseason candidate for all of the major national awards and honors … this true leader is 15-2 as a starter and in those 17 games he has averaged 302 yards of total offense per game (220 passing and 82 rushing) and accounted for 58 touchdowns (41 passing and 17 rushing) … his stellar record includes an 11-1 record as a freshman in 2014 when he was named the Big Ten Conference quarterback of the year while setting 19 school and Big Ten Conference records … he started five of the last six games of the 2015 season, including directing the Buckeyes to convincing wins at Michigan and against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl to cap a 12-1 campaign … Barrett owns two of the top five completion percentage seasons in school history – 64.6 pct. in 2014 is second all-time while last year’s 63.3 pct. is fifth … his 166.3 passing yards per game average for a career is third at Ohio State while he is also third with 77 touchdowns responsible for (Braxton Miller holds the record with 88) and first with 236.8 yards of total offense per game for a career … his 45 touchdown passes rank sixth at Ohio State with Bobby Hoying’s school record of 57 within reach.

2015: Barrett was the backup to Cardale Jones for the first seven games of the season before working his way back into the starting lineup for game No. 8 of the season vs. Rutgers … Barrett’s effectiveness leading the Buckeyes in the red zone in the two games preceding his Rutgers start – he drove the team to nine scores, eight of them touchdowns, in nine opportunities vs. Maryland and Penn State – led to his start against the Scarlet Knights … he accounted for five touchdowns in the 49-7 win against Rutgers while rushing for 101 yards and two touchdowns and passing for 223 yards and three more scores … he accounted for 20 touchdowns the final seven games of the season to help the Buckeyes at 12-1 on the season … included was leading the team to a 42-13 win at Michigan with 139 rushing yards and three touchdowns plus one touchdown pass … even with only four starts in Big Ten games, Barrett led the league (conference-games only) in scoring and TD scoring (11.0 points per game) and also in passing efficiency (162.6).

2015 Media Guide: J.T. Barrett is the reigning Big Ten Conference quarterback of the year who went 11-1 as a freshman starting quarterback while setting 19 school and Big Ten Conference records, and he will be competing to win the job as Ohio State’s starting quarterback in fall camp … is coming off an
injured ankle that occurred in the last game of the 2014 regular season vs. Michigan and caused him to miss the remainder of the season … competed in some throwing drills during spring ball while continuing to rehabilitate the ankle … is a third-year junior academically who is a sophomore eligibility-wise after a
red-shirt season in 2013.

2014: Barrett earned the back-up quarterback role during fall camp and two days later was elevated to No. 1 signal caller when two-time Big Ten player and quarterback of the year Braxton Miller re-injured his shoulder and was lost for the season … Barrett was outstanding in relief of Miller … he went 11-1 as the starting quarterback, including an 8-0 record in Big Ten starts to position the Buckeyes into the Big Ten championship game for the second year in a row … before breaking an ankle against Michigan on the first play of the fourth quarter with the Buckeyes leading 28-21, Barrett had set 19 school records – two Big Ten and 17 Ohio State – and had put together such an outstanding season – a school-record 3,772
total yards including 2,834 passing yards and 938 rushing yards; a Big Ten record 45 total touchdowns – that he would be named the Big Ten’s Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year, its Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year and its first-team all-conference quarterback at the conclusion of the season … finished fifth in the 2014 Heisman Trophy voting and was a second-team All-American by The Sporting News … named a freshman All-American by USA Today, Athlon’s and Scout.com and was a finalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award as the best offensive player from the state of Texas … set a Big Ten record by being named conference freshman of the week seven times … was named a player of the week by the Big Ten or a national/regional entity 17 times (Big Ten freshman of the week seven times; Big Ten offensive player of the week three times; Maxwell Club national player, Athlon’s national player and freshman – twice, and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose national player of the week – twice) … he tied a school record with six touchdown passes vs. Kent State while connecting with a 25-year Ohio State best
11 different receivers … had the second-most offensive yards in school history – 409 – vs. Cincinnati, including a personal best 330 yards passing and five touchdowns responsible for … in white-out conditions at Penn State, Barrett rushed for two overtime touchdowns and played entire second half on
a sprained MCL to lead the Buckeyes to the win … threw for 300 yards, rushed for 86 and accounted for five touchdowns in road win at Michigan State and the Spartans’ No. 5-ranked total defense … came just 11 yards from a near-historic 200-yard rushing and 200-yard passing game vs. Minnesota with
school-quarterback records of 189 rushing yards and an 86-yard touchdown rush, part of the 389-yard day … staked the Buckeyes to a 28-21 lead entering the fourth quarter vs. Michigan with 131 passing yards, 89 rushing yards and three total touchdowns before his injury … elected to forego the hospital visit right after breaking his ankle; instead opting to watch the rest of the game from the stands, in uniform and with fans’ in absolute awe that he was sitting among them … completed at least 70 percent of his passes in five games and at least 60 percent of his passes in 11 of his 12 starts … finished 2nd nationally to Marcus Mariota in passing efficiency (169.8 rating) and was 10th nationally in total offense (314.3 yards per game) while leading the Big Ten in both categories … also finished second in the Big Ten in passing yards per game (236.2) and ninth in rushing (78.2).

2014 Media Guide: J.T. Barrett red-shirted the 2013 season as a true freshman … a communications major, he split quarterback reps with Cardale Jones in the spring of 2014 while Braxton Miller was sidelined.

2013 Media Guide: John Thomas (J.T.) Barrett enrolled at Ohio State in January 2013 and spent the spring season working out, but not running, while recovering from his 2012 knee surgery.

High School: Barrett is considered one of the nation’s premier dual threat quarterbacks in the Class of 2013, although his senior season came to an early end with a knee injury in the fifth game of the season … rated as the No. 11 prospect in talent-rich Texas (247Sports) and a consensus four-star cornerback (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) … a top 150 player by both Scout and 247Sports and on the ESPN 300 … Barrett rushed for 569 yards with seven touchdowns and passed for 784 yards and five scores as a senior prior to the injury … he rushed for over 1,500 yards with nine touchdowns and passed for over 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns for coach Jim Garfield’s Raiders as a junior.

Personal: He is the son of Stacy and John Barrett and he has two brothers: Xavier and Stephen.


SeasonTeamGGSCompPass AttCmp %Pass YdsPass TDPass IntSkdSkd YdsRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDLng2 Pt ConvFumLost
2014Ohio State121220331464.628343410NANA1719385.51186030
2015Ohio State1159314763.3992114NANA1156825.91140042
2016Ohio State13023337961.52555247NANA2058454.1941042
2017Ohio State141424037164.73053359191101657984.81237100