Skip to main content

Paul Finebaum Questions Legitimacy Of J.T. Barrett's Claim

Paul Finebaum speaks on his show on ESPN.

Paul Finebaum/ESPN.

The ESPN college football analyst is questioning if the QB actually had options.

J.T. Barrett is returning to Ohio State for his fifth and final season, but the Buckeyes' quarterback did say that he thought about leaving Columbus.

From 10TV:

He said he considered the coaching changes as he decided whether to enter the NFL draft or return for a final season. Day, who also will coach quarterbacks, comes to Ohio State with 15 years of coaching experience, spending last season leading quarterbacks under Chip Kelly at San Francisco.

"That was part of it, just trying to make sure that if I was to come back, it was something I was going to do that was best for me and for me to grow as a quarterback," Barrett said.

On ESPN's College Football Live today, Finebaum wondered where Barrett could have possibly gone.

"I can’t resist asking this question but, 'Where was J.T. Barrett going if he decided to leave school, did he have a lot options,'" Finebaum asked during Monday's College Football Live broadcast. "I say that with respect to J.T. as a very good player, but the NFL’s not knocking his door down to grab him right now.”

He has a point.