Going into Saturday’s game against Navy to open the season, all eyes were on Ohio State Buckeyes redhsirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett. Of course, when you’re stepping into the shoes of someone like Braxton Miller, you’re going to have the spotlight all to yourself.
Well as we saw, with all of those eyes on him, Barrett performed about as well as he possibly could have in his first bit of game action in about two years, completing 12-of-15 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns.
And that effort did not go unrecognized by the folks in the conference.
On Monday Barrett was named Co-Freshman of the Week in the Big Ten, along with Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, who was also stellar in the Nittany Lions’ win over UCF in Ireland.
Both of these young men are more than deserving of the honor.
But this is a huge boost of confidence for Barrett, who can still use all that he can get. Each and every week, the talk of Miller will be surrounding him. However, if he continues to carve out his own niche for himself, then that talk will slowly fade away.
Racking up weekly awards is a hell of a way to start.