J.T. Barrett opened the 2015 season as the Ohio State Buckeyes’ backup quarterback behind Cardale Jones, but it is obvious that head coach Urban Meyer is a big fan of Barrett’s game. He made it clear that after Barrett’s days playing football are over, he would welcome his quarterback onto his coaching staff.
Urban Meyer says JT Barrett will have a job waiting at Ohio State if he wants it after he's finished playing quarterback.
— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) September 10, 2015
Meyer has always been open to bringing former players back onto his coaching staff, but it is different in this situation due to how young Barrett is. He is just a sophomore this season and has shown potential to be a star in the future. Barrett competed for the starting job all offseason long with Jones, but came up just short of winning it.
Last season in his freshman year, Barrett threw for 2,834 yards, 34 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He came into the season opener this year for a brief appearance and ran for 40 yards on one attempt and threw a 26-yard touchdown as well.
There is no denying that Barrett has what it takes to be a major impact player at the college level, but could he eventually transition to coach?
It will be very interesting to follow along with Barrett over the next couple of years. Ohio State obviously still views him as being a weapon for them this season and in the future. Barrett has a very bright future ahead of him and there is a good chance that he can work hard and develop himself into a potential NFL prospect.
All of that being said, Meyer obviously views Barrett as a very smart player and this is glowing praise for the young quarterback.
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