With the injury suffered by senior Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller last week, redshirt freshamn J.T. Barrett was thrown right into the spotlight as the starter for the Buckeyes, and on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore he made his debut against Navy, a 34-17 win.
In his debut, Barrett was manageable, but not spectacular. But that should not be read into too much, considering he hasn’t played in an actual game for the better part of the last two years.
But still, because of the standard that has been set the last few seasons by Miller –and even Kenny Guiton, for that matter– it’s expected that if you’re the Ohio State QB, you’re supposed to wow everyone watching.
Well after the game, Barrett reiterated that he’s not Miller, rather he’s J.T.
“Coming in after Braxton, people expect you to do some crazy stuff,” Barrett said. “But I’m not Braxton. I’m J.T.”
Barrett completed 12-of-15 passes on the game for 226 yards and two touchdowns, and he added in 50 rushing yards in the process. There’s no doubt that things will get better as time goes along and the coaches evaluate him even more as a starter.
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