J.T. Barrett didn’t have his best game against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship, but just six days removed from surgery, he had a very gutsy performance.
Barrett was a major question during the week between the Michigan and Wisconsin games, and his start was made even more surprising with the revelation that he had knee surgery just six days before.
Barrett was 12-for-26 for 211 yards and two touchdowns and ran 19 times for 60 yards and an additional score in the 27-21 win over the Badgers. He also threw two interceptions, including one early pick six that tied the game at seven late in the first quarter. The second pick set up an 11-play touchdown drive for the Badgers, which cut the Buckeyes lead to 24-21.
Costly turnovers aside, Albert Breer of The MMQB thinks that the performance likely helped Barrett in the eyes of NFL scouts, considering the fact that he led his team to a win less than a week after surgery.
Helped Himself: J.T. Barrett, Ohio State (12-26, 211 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs vs. Wisconsin): Barrett didn’t look great throwing the ball against Wisconsin—he missed on a pair throws that would’ve been long touchdowns that could’ve blown the game open, and his unsightly pick-six in the first half kept the Badgers in it. But he played just six days after having arthroscopic surgery to address a meniscus injury that he’s played through all season, and he carried the ball 19 times. Barrett’s toughness and leadership precede him as the only three-time captain in Buckeyes history. And a night like Saturday night should, at least, pique the curiosity of NFL teams and give him a shot to win a roster spot in training camp.
Barrett has had an up-and-down college career, but he’s a winner and has the leadership skills that NFL teams covet, so he will probably get a look, even if he isn’t a huge prospect heading into the NFL Draft.