October 31, 2017

Two National Player of the Week Awards for J.T. Barrett


Oct. 31, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio J.T. Barrett has been named the national player of the week by two prestigious organizations for his most outstanding efforts in leading Ohio State to its comeback victory over No. 2 Penn State on Saturday:

• He is the Davey O’Brien national quarterback of the week for the second time in three weeks (and the first two-time winner of the award in 2017); and

• He is the Maxwell Award player of the week.

These honors are in addition to his previously being named the Big Ten Conference offensive player of the week, a Manning Award star of the week, the Big Ten Rose Bowl Game player of the week and the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose player of the week.

Barrett helped Ohio State overcome two 18-point deficits against the Nittany Lions, including from 15 points down in the final 5:42. He completed 33 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns, plus rushed for 95 yards for an Ohio State school record 423 yards of total offense.

Most impressively, Barrett completed his final 16 passes to set the school record for consecutive completions, including completing 13 of 13 passes in the fourth quarter alone for 170 yards and three touchdowns.

Barrett is completing 69.5 percent of his 246 attempts this season with 25 touchdown passes and just one interception. He and the No. 3 Buckeyes are now 7-1 on the season, 5-0 in the Big Ten East, and head to Iowa City, Iowa, for a key Big Ten game Saturday against the Hawkeyes. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET with ESPN televising.