Aug 30, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws past the reach of Navy Midshipmen nose tackle Bernard Sarra (77) during the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Football: Comparing freshmen quarterback debut starts

On Saturday, J.T. Barrett became the fifth freshman quarterback to start for Ohio State in the modern era (since 1950). So how does Barrett stack up against his predecessors? Let’s take a look.

J.T. Barrett, Aug. 30, 2014, vs. Navy (M&T Stadium in Baltimore, Md.)
Barrett, a redshirt freshman, directed two fourth-quarter touchdown drives to help the Buckeyes pull away from Navy, en route to a 34-17 win. Barrett threw for 226 yards, two touchdowns while completing 12 of 15 passes. He also ran for 50 yards. His lone mistake was first-half red-zone interception.

Braxton Miller, Sept. 24, 2011, vs. Colorado
The offseason loss of senior Terrelle Pryor due to the Tattoo-gate scandal thrust senior Joe Bauserman into the starting quarterback role. After a loss at Miami (FL), interim head coach Luke Fickell named the highly-touted Miller the starter for the fourth game against the Buffaloes. Miller led the Buckeyes to a 37-17 win. The true freshman threw for 83 yards on 5 of 13 passing with two touchdowns and provided 83 yards rushing on 17 carries. 

Terrelle Pryor, Sept. 20, 2008, vs. Troy
One of the biggest recruits of the Jim Tressel era, Pryor replaced senior Todd Boeckman in the fourth game of the season. This decision came after a 35-3 loss at USC. Pryor led the Buckeyes to a 28-10 win against Troy while connecting on four touchdown passes against one interception on 10 of 16 passing attempts. Pryor also added 66 rushing yards on 14 rushes.

Jim Karsatos, Oct. 22, 1983, vs. Michigan State
Like Barrett, Karsatos started as a redshirt freshman. Karsatos was filling in for starter Mike Tomczak, who was sidelined due to a concussion suffered in the previous week’s loss at Illinois. Karsatos guided the Buckeyes to a 21-11 win over the Spartans at Ohio Stadium on a chilly, rainy day. Karsatos final line for the day was 9 of 16 for 170 yards and a touchdown.

Art Schlicter, Sept. 16, 1978 vs. Penn State
Schlicter, a true freshman, opened the season as the Associated Press’ sixth-ranked Buckeyes starting quarterback against the fifth-ranked Nittany Lions. Schlichter, who replaced senior Rod Gerald, had a rough debut throwing five picks while completing only 12 of 26 passes for 186 yards as the Buckeyes fell to Penn State 19-0. The Nittany Lions would finish their season 11-1, with their only loss being in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama (14-7).

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