Redshirt freshman Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was thrust into s tight spot on Saturday in the opener against the Navy Midshipmen. Just over a week ago, he was content with having earned himself the backup job behind Braxton Miller. However, just a few days later, Miller went down with a season-ending shoulder injury, and Barrett became the man in charge in Columbus.
In the close 34-17 win over Navy on Saturday, Barrett wasn’t bad by any means, however there are some holes in his game that need to be plugged up, just like any other freshman.
But in reality, our opinions don’t matter. But whose opinion does matter is that of head coach Urban Meyer, who thought Barrett was fine in his first start, but needs some noticeable work.
“J.T. I thought did OK. We’ll evaluate the film. Every new player is gonna have a certain amount of mistakes. We wanted to open it up a little more in the first half and we couldn’t. It wasn’t because of him, it was because of our offensive line. We had a couple mistakes in there — a penalty, a sack — and we just can’t do that. Obviously with a team we have playing next we have a lot of work to do. But we’ll take this win. I’m very proud of our guys for fighting through the second half and doing what they did.”
There’s no doubt that Meyer will get into the film room and fix what needs to be fixed. It’s a must in this case, because next up is a tough task in Virginia Tech.