Heisman race: Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett is the Big Ten’s leading contender
After a record-setting first game of the season, J.T. Barrett remains one of the country’s leading Heisman hopefuls.
In an SEC Country post, the Ohio State quarterback was ranked third after Florida State QB Deondre Francois and Georgia RB Nick Chubb. The freshman Francois passed for 419 yards and two TDs (while also rushing for 59 yards) in Florida State’s 45-34 win against Ole Miss. Chubb returned from a serious knee injury by picking up 222 yards and two TDs in a 33-24 win against North Carolina.
In his season opener, Barrett totaled 379 yards and set a program record with seven touchdowns in Ohio State’s 77-10 rout of Bowling Green. He was the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week.
Your @bigten Offensive Player of the Week: J.T. Barrett.
7️⃣ total touchdowns will do that for you. pic.twitter.com/4Y9vZsmlw8
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 5, 2016
While SEC Country‘s ranking puts more emphasis on the season’s first week, ESPN‘s Heisman Watch had a little more preseason expectations included. Chubb is the leader there, while Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey is second. Barrett is fifth for ESPN’s poll. Here’s what ESPN had to say about Barrett:
With the job firmly his again, Barrett exploded for a school-record seven touchdowns (six passing, one rushing) in Ohio State’s 77-10 rout of Bowling Green. With Barrett running the attack, the Buckeyes also set a school record with 776 yards on offense, passing a mark that had stood in Columbus for 86 years.
Barrett is trying to be Ohio State’s (and the Big Ten’s) first Heisman winner since another Buckeyes QB, Troy Smith, won the award in 2006.