Dec. 9, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio J.T. Barrett has been tabbed as the CFPA National Freshman Performer of the Year, the organization announced today.

Barrett, 11-1 as Ohio State’s starting quarterback before suffering a season-ending injury against Michigan, became a Heisman Trophy candidate after finishing his campaign with school record totals of 3,772 total yards and 45 touchdowns responsible for. His touchdowns total is a Big Ten record. He passed for 2,834 yards and a school-record 34 touchdowns and he rushed for an additional 938 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Barrett etched his name throughout the Ohio State record book in 2014, setting school records in seven different categories, including touchdown passes, touchdowns responsible for, total offense, longest run by a Ohio State quarterback (86 yards), rushing yards by a quarterback (189), touchdown passes in a single game (six) and touchdown passes for a three-game span (14). Additionally, he was the Big Ten Freshman of the Week a conference-record seven times.

Last week, the Wichita Falls, Texas native was named the Big Ten’s 2014 Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year and 2014 Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year. He is also a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien national quarterback award.