Clemson safety Jadar Johnson hasn’t been impressed with what he’s seen on tape from Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.
“I’m not really strong on J.T. Barrett’s arm,” Johnson said at media availability Tuesday. “We’ve definitely played better quarterbacks”
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The safety said Clemson will emphasize stopping Barrett’s running game when the teams face off in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31 with a berth in the national title game on the line.
Johnson also said he thought former Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller was a better passer than Barrett, having played against Miller in the Orange Bowl in January 2014.
Barrett passed for 2,834 and 34 touchdowns this season and was named the Big Ten’s Quarterback of the Year.
Johnson tied for the SEC lead with five interceptions.
Johnson was similarly confident in Clemson’s ability to stop Ohio State H-back Curtis Samuel, saying, “I just don’t think he’s played a defense like we have yet.”
Jadar Johnson on Curtis Samuel: "I just don't think he's played a defense like we have yet."
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