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J.T. Barrett Responds To Clemson Safety Jadar Johnson's Criticism

J.T. Barrett heard what Clemson safety Jadar Johnson had to say about him earlier this week, and responded today during Fiesta Bowl Media Day.

On Tuesday, the outspoken Tigers safety took some shots at Barrett, saying he isn't impressed with Barrett's arm, and thinks Clemson has played better quarterbacks.

Barrett was asked about Johnson's comments twice during today's media session, and took the high road, as you'd expect out of the Buckeyes quarterback.

Video, via The Lantern.

Barrett's full answer, via Eleven Warriors:

So I really wasn't – there wasn't a lot to it, I feel like. He has his own opinion, which I'm not mad at. I'm comfortable in my skills and what I'm able to do. If he feels like I'm not the best quarterback they went against, I mean, that's just how he feels.

I don't have a feeling towards that one way or the other. I mean, I'm okay, really. Like, it wasn't I feel like a lot to talk about. I saw what he said.

There's probably some people that feel like that in the media, which is cool, too. They have the right to their own opinion. It's not for me to fight my stance. I know how I feel about myself, comfortable in my skills and the guys we have on our offense and our team.

So that's how it is.

While J.T. Barrett was characteristically diplomatic there, he did evoke the comments that Oklahoma back-up quarterback Austin Kendall, who said that Baker Mayfield would "light up" Ohio State's "basic defense," made ahead of the two teams' September match-up in Norman.

Somebody in the past says something about our defense, and we saw how that went. That's how we feel about that. We're okay. If you want to talk, that's okay. We still have to go play the game. That's what I feel like.

Johnson better hope things go a bit better for the Tigers than they did for the Sooners on Saturday.

[The Lantern; Eleven Warriors]