The Ohio State Buckeyes suffered an embarrassing 31-0 loss to the Clemson Tigers in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday night. It was the first time in Urban Meyer’s head coaching career that one of his teams was shutout.
The loss left a sour taste in the mouths of many Buckeyes players, and one in particular may use that loss as a reason to return in 2017.
When speaking to the media following the game, junior quarterback JT Barrett discussed his future and hinted that he may return to Columbus to erase the memory of such a disappointing performance in the national semifinal.
Barrett on his future: "My main focus was to focus on this year. It'll be really hard for me to walk away when we've just lost 31-0."
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) January 1, 2017
Returning to Ohio State is likely the best move for Barrett.
While he has been a standout player for the Buckeyes, the 6-foot-2, 222-pound signal-caller is not viewed as an elite NFL prospect. Barrett’s best bet would be to return to school and fine tune his skillset while enjoying being a star for at least one more season.
In 2016, Barrett threw for 2,555, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He added 845 yards and an additional nine scores on the ground.
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