We officially have our first bit of bulletin board material of the College Football Playoff.
On Tuesday, Clemson Tigers safety Jadar Johnson took a shot at Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett while speaking to the media during a session to promote Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl matchup.
Johnson was discussing Barrett as a player when he downplayed the Buckeyes signal-caller’s skill-set, saying the Tigers have faced better in 2016.
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
He’s pretty good. We’ve definitely faced quarterbacks better than him. I feel like if we can limit him on the ground with his running then we’ll be pretty good. I don’t think he’s a very accurate passer. Like I said, I’m not taking anything away from him. He’s definitely a good player, but I feel like his strong point is on his legs.
“Not taking anything away from him, I don’t think he’s a bad player, he’s definitely a good player. He just doesn’t stand out as one of the best quarterbacks we’ve played this year as a defense.
“Actually, I feel like he’s a great quarterback on his legs. I don’t feel real strong about his arm. I don’t feel like he’s one of the best passers. I feel like if we can limit him on his legs, limit him in the running game, I feel like we’ll have a pretty good chance of doing good.
Tell us how you really feel, Jadar.
To be fair, Clemson did face off against Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson earlier in the season, but the Tigers have not faced a quarterback as established or experienced in big games as they will when Barrett takes the field.
You know Urban Meyer and company will take notice of those comments and Barrett will have some extra motivation to light up the Clemson defense at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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