J.T. Barrett gave Ohio State halftime pep talk

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J. T. Barrett may have missed yesterday’s game against Minnesota due to a DWI-related suspension, but that didn’t stop him from attending the game and being there for his teammates when they needed him.

According to Austin Ward of ESPN, Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott mentioned that Barrett gave the team a pep talk at halftime, when Ohio State led 14-0 in a game that probably should have been a blowout from the get go.

J.T. Barrett still had an impact for Ohio State while suspended: Ezekiel Elliott said the suspended QB gave a pep talk at halftime.

— Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) November 8, 2015

Clearly, something clicked. Ohio State won 28-14 and looked much more dominant in the second half than it did in the first, ultimately improving to 9-0.

That’s all well in good, but doesn’t take away from one key truth. When push comes to shove, Barrett is the leader of the team’s offense and a great locker room presence. Once he’s back next weekend against Illinois, there’s little to suggest that Ohio State will slow down and not be in the College Football Playoff come season’s end.

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