ESPN published a long piece on Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett on Wednesday, profiling his journey from out-of-shape and under-the-radar recruit to star signal-caller and Heisman Trophy candidate.
Barrett also spoke at length about one of the lowest points of his football career and life: A DUI last November.
Urban Meyer suspended Barrett for one game after he was cited for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Almost one year later, Barrett said he’s thankful he got pulled over.
“I’m glad that it happened,” Barrett said, “because if it didn’t happen, I probably still would have been drinking and driving. … Who knows? I could have killed somebody. I could be in jail. All these different things that could have happened. Fortunately, they didn’t.”
Added Meyer: “He was very humble, apologized and handled it about as good as I could ever imagine a player handling it,” Meyer said. “And then he went full J.T. on me. That means, ‘Now I need to help others.’ ”
Barrett has been one of the best quarterbacks in the country so far in 2016, throwing for 982 yards and 15 touchdowns through five games.