J.T. Barrett isn’t getting too upset about being called out by Clemson safety Jadar Johnson. Instead, he’s recalling what happened the last time an opposing player questioned the Buckeyes in public this season.
Barrett met with reporters Thursday afternoon as part of Fiesta Bowl media day, and the first question the Ohio State QB was asked was about Johnson’s comments. Earlier in the week, Johnson said, “I’m really not strong on J.T. Barrett’s arm; we’ve definitely played better quarterbacks.”
Barrett kept the first part of his answer cordial on Thursday.
“I mean, that’s like it’s not anything crazy, I feel like,” he said. “It’s not like we’re going to hang it up on the game-day bulletin board and this is what this guy said — like, we’re OK. We’re good. You know what I’m saying? We’re good.”
Then he included a reminder about what happened when Oklahoma backup QB Austin Kendall called the Buckeyes defense “basic” before their matchup in September. Ohio State won that one 45-24. In Norman.
Like the Buckeyes defense, Barrett is hoping to let his play do the talking against Clemson on Saturday.
“Somebody in the past says something about our defense, and we saw how that went,” Barrett told reporters. “That’s how we feel about that. We’re OK. If you want to talk, that’s OK. We still have to go play the game. That’s what I feel like.”