Ohio State Football: JT Barrett closes in on 2 more milestones

MADISON, WI - OCTOBER 15: J.T. Barrett
MADISON, WI - OCTOBER 15: J.T. Barrett /

Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett continues to set marks.

With JT Barrett’s strong performance against UNLV, he extended his record Big Ten career touchdown total to 112 with 5 TD passes. He also inched closer to becoming the all time passing leader for Ohio State and is close to another milestone as well.

Barrett only needs 201 yards through the air to break Art Sclichter’s record of 7,547 yards passing. Add 2,639 rushing yards to his passing total and Barrett only needs 14 yards to reach 10,000 yards in total offense.

Both of those marks will be reached early in the Rutgers game on Saturday if JT has a first half like he did against UNLV last week. He was 12 for 17 passing for 209 yards and added another 15 yards rushing.

These two milestones will be icing on the cake for JT as he has already set multiple Ohio State records for quarterbacks. And he is only building on his career records.

Here are a few of Barrett’s marks that jump out at me.

  • Most completed passes-season (233)
  • Most completed passes-career
  • Most touchdowns-game (6 twice), tied with Kenny Guiton
  • Most touchdowns-season (34)
  • Most touchdowns-career

Also, coming into the season JT Barrett was No. 2 in career completion percentage at 63 percent. Todd Boeckman  completed 63.4 percent of his passes but threw fewer than half as many passes.

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JT Barrett’s name is all over the Ohio State record book. If he’s not the leader in a category he is usually near the top.

That’s why it’s mind-boggling so many Ohio State fans want Barrett replaced at quarterback. Even though Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins are extremely talented they are still unproven.

Often the detractors cite Barrett’s accuracy issues, but the stats just don’t prove that out. Another concern is his ability to throw the ball downfield. But after the Rutgers game he should have the Ohio State record for passing yards.

And he has been a touchdown machine since he stepped on the field in 2014 as a redshirt freshman in 2014. In over a century of Big Ten football, nobody has ever accounted for more scores.

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JT will probably reach the two milestones mentioned above this Saturday. Then if he stays healthy the rest of the season, he will probably set career marks that will be difficult for any future Buckeye quarterback to match.