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Joe Thomas Barrett IV (born January 23, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

J. T. Barrett
JT Barrett 2014 spring game.jpg
Barrett at the Ohio State 2014 spring game
Ohio State Buckeyes – No. 16
Position Quarterback
Class Redshirt Senior
Major Human Development
Career history
Bowl games
High school Wichita Falls (TX) S. H. Rider
Personal information
Born: (1995-01-23) January 23, 1995 (age 23)
Wichita Falls, Texas
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career highlights and awards


Early yearsEdit

Barrett attended S. H. Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and track. He played as a dual-threat quarterback for the Raiders football team. As a junior, he rushed for over 1,500 yards and passed for over 1,600 yards, totaling 23 touchdowns. In his senior season, he rushed for 569 yards with seven touchdowns and passed for 784 yards and five touchdowns before tearing his ACL in October, which ended his high school career prematurely.[1] In spring 2011, Barrett joined the school's track & field team, recording a personal-best time of 12.10 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the Iowa Park Relays, winning the event, while also running the second leg in the 4 x 400 metres relay, helping them earn a second-place finish with a time of 3:46.05 minutes.[2]


Barrett was ranked by the recruiting network as a four-star recruit and the seventh best dual-threat quarterback in his class.[3] He committed to Ohio State University in April 2012.[4][5]

College careerEdit

Barrett redshirted as a freshman at Ohio State in 2013.[6] Barrett was expected to be the backup quarterback to senior Braxton Miller in 2014. However, he became the starter after Miller was forced to miss the season due to injury.[7][8] On November 29, during the Ohio State-Michigan matchup, Barrett went down with what was later determined to be a broken ankle early in the fourth quarter. The injury happened on a run play, with Ohio State leading 28–21, after Barrett had thrown for 176 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Ohio State went on to win the game with Cardale Jones at quarterback.[9] Barrett was cited in the weeks before the injury as a potential Heisman Trophy contender but ended up finishing fifth in the voting. His injury prevented him from returning during the 2014 season,[10] but he had successful surgery having a plate placed in his ankle and was expected to be available in a limited capacity for spring practice.[11]

As a redshirt sophomore in 2015, Barrett passed for 992 yards, 11 touchdowns, and four interceptions. As a redshirt junior in 2016, he passed for 2,555 yards, 24 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.[12] Barrett returned to Ohio State for his final season of eligibility in 2017.[13]

Awards and honorsEdit

Barrett was named Conference Freshman of the Week seven times and received the Big Ten's Thompson–Randle El Freshman of the Year award. He received the Big Ten's Griese–Brees Quarterback of the Year award in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Barrett was named First Team All-Big Ten in 2014, 2016 and 2017 by both conference coaches and media.[14][15] Barrett earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors nine times.[16][17]

Barrett is the only three-time captain in the history of the Buckeyes football team.[18][19]

School and Conference RecordsEdit

Barrett accumulated more than 25 Ohio State records including most total yards in a season (3,851) and most touchdowns in a season (47) as well as most career passing yards (9,434) and completions (769). Additionally, he has several Big Ten Conference records including most career passing touchdowns (104) and total touchdowns (147) as well as he passed Drew Brees for most career offensive yards with 12,697.

College statisticsEdit

As of December 30, 2017, Barrett holds the following stats:[20]

NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Ohio State Buckeyes
Season Games Record Passing Rushing
G GS Comp Att Pct Yards TD Int Rate Att Yards Avg TD
2014 12 12 11–1 203 314 64.6 2,834 34 10 169.8 171 938 5.5 11
2015 11 5 4–1 93 147 63.3 992 11 4 139.2 115 682 5.9 11
2016 13 13 11–2 233 379 61.5 2,555 24 7 135.3 205 845 4.1 9
2017 14 14 12–2 240 371 64.7 3,053 35 9 160.1 165 798 4.8 12
NCAA Career Totals 50 44 38–6 769 1,211 63.5 9,434 104 30 152.7 656 3,263 4.9 43

Personal lifeEdit

On December 10, 2014, police were called to Barrett's apartment after he allegedly choked his pregnant girlfriend and threw her across the room. According to reports, Barrett did so after she refused to leave following an argument. He also took her phone during the altercation. No charges were filed in the incident, and Barrett was not suspended for any length of time. [21]

On November 8, 2015, Barrett was arrested and charged with avoiding a DUI checkpoint and operating a vehicle under the influence. He was fined $400 and had his license suspended. Ohio State suspended Barrett for one game.[22]


  1. ^ Andy Newberry (2013-02-06). "Barrett has a head start at Ohio State". Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  2. ^ "Iowa Park Relays- Results (FAT)". 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  4. ^ Sayles, Damon. "J.T. Barrett commits to Ohio State". Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  5. ^ "College football recruiting 2013: Ohio State picks up dual-threat QB J.T. Barrett". 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  6. ^ "Ohio State football: 'Cat from Wichita Falls' J.T. Barrett sets record for career TD passes". Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  7. ^ Kadar, Dan (2014-08-19). "Ohio State likely to replace Braxton Miller with freshman J.T. Barrett". Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  8. ^ "Ohio State backup QB J.T. Barrett finds himself in spotlight". 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  9. ^ Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer (2014-11-29). "Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett's record-breaking, Heisman-chasing, dream-season ends on crutches". Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  10. ^ "J.T. Barrett of Ohio State Buckeyes carted off with right leg injury – ESPN". 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  11. ^ "Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett should be ready, but limited, for spring football after ankle surgery Sunday". 2014-11-30. Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  12. ^ "J.T. Barrett profile, ESPN". 
  13. ^ "QB J.T. Barrett says he'll return to Ohio State for senior season". 
  14. ^ " J.T. Barrett Bio :: The Ohio State University Official Athletic Site The Ohio State University Official Athletic Site :: Football". 
  15. ^ "2016 Big Ten Individual Award Winners" (PDF). Big Ten Conference. November 30, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  16. ^ Lesmerises, Doug (October 16, 2017). "J.T. Barrett's eight player of the week performances - do you remember them all?". Retrieved October 28, 2017. 
  17. ^ Schmidt, Lori (October 16, 2017). "JT Barrett Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week". Retrieved October 28, 2017. 
  18. ^ Stubbs, Roman (October 11, 2017). "For J.T. Barrett and Ohio State, strong statements to silence the noise". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 28, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Cris Carter explains why Ohio State fans should be 'terrified' of Penn State". October 28, 2017. 
  20. ^ "J. T. Barrett". USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. Archived from the original on October 9, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  21. ^ > "Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, ex-girlfriend, both made 911 calls over domestic incident,". 
  22. ^ "Ohio State: JT Barrett fined, license suspended after OVI arrest, SI". 

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