There are a lot of college football fans, analysts and recruits who think Ohio State should make a change at quarterback.
Kirk Herbstreit is not one of those people.
The ESPN analyst and former Ohio State quarterback said Wednesday that he thinks the Buckeyes should stick with J.T. Barrett, even with his struggles dating back to last season that showed up again in a 31-16 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday.
“In my opinion, I think you stick with J.T. Barrett,” Herbstreit said. “A guy that’s been there, has experience, even though it’s been some tough games here.”
Barrett was 19-for-35 for 183 yards and an interception on Saturday against the Sooners. It was the third time in four games dating back to last season that he did not throw a touchdown or reach 200 yards through the air.
While others want Urban Meyer to hand the keys to the offense to Dwayne Haskins or Joe Burrow if he’s healthy, Herbstreit thinks Ohio State needs to work through its problems with Barrett. And also work through problems on the other side of the ball.
“The Ohio State defense has got to be so happy that J.T. Barrett is taking the brunt of all this because if you really watch them, they’re as guilty if not more guilty of being a product of this loss as J.T. Barrett,” Herbstreit said. “In fact maybe even worse because of how out of position they were.”