COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was today retained as one of 20 outstanding quarterbacks still under consideration for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
The award has been presented annually since 1987 to the nation’s top college quarterback based on both on- and off-field accomplishments. Candidates must be a senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate. Barrett graduated in December with his degree in communications.
On the field, Barrett is putting together an outstanding season while leading Ohio State’s offense to 2014-like numbers. Consider:
- He has a 16-to-1 touchdown pass to interception ratio, which is second-best in the nation while his 16 TD passes rank third;
- He is first in the Big Ten and 21st nationally with 304.0 total offensive yards per game; and
- His 166.03 passing efficiency ranks 10th.
Barrett hasn’t seen the field in the fourth quarter in three consecutive games, yet has the Buckeye offense playing well with four consecutive games of 500-or-more yards of offense – ties the school record set first in 1997 and tied in 2014 – and three consecutive games of 50-or-more points, which is one off the school record set in 2014.
Note: Ohio State has 2,462 yards of offense in the last four games, the most ever over a four-game span for the program. The 2014 team had 2,456 yards during its four-game romp of 500-plus yard games.
Barrett and the Buckeyes travel to Lincoln, Neb., for a 7:30 p.m. (EDT) game Saturday against Nebraska at Memorial Stadium. FS1 will broadcast the game to a national audience with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft describing the action.
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