On Wednesday, the news broke that Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett would forgo the NFL draft and return to Columbus for his senior year.
Barrett, the reigning Chicago Tribune Silver Football winner as MVP of the Big Ten, already has a 26-4 record as the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback, and his return stamps Ohio State as a contender for the College Football Playoffs next season.
Not only does his return solidify the Buckeyes’ status at the top of the Big Ten, but, come 2017, Barrett will be on the cusp of setting a plethora of Ohio State football offensive records.
— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) January 4, 2017
Barrett, who already owns the Buckeyes’ total touchdown and passing touchdowns record with 100 total scores and 69 passing scores, respectively, currently has 6,381 passing yards for his career. With 1,166 more yards, Barrett will pass former Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter for most passing yards in school history.
Not only that, but Barrett’s prowess on the ground is also impressive. Barrett currently has 2,465 career rushing yards, and 917 more yards on the ground will vault him past former Buckeyes running back Chris “Beanie” Wells for fifth all-time on the Ohio State career rushing list.
And that’s just two records Barrett could smash in 2017. Here are a few more:
- An 11-win season would give Barrett 37 career wins, making him the winningest quarterback in Ohio State football history. He would pass Schlichter’s record of 36-11-1.
- With 4 more yards of total offense, Barrett would pass Schlichter’s all-time total offense record of 8,850 yards.
- Five more 300-yard passing games will give Barrett the most 300-yard passing games of any Buckeyes quarterback, passing former Ohio State quarterback Joe Germaine’s record of eight.
- If Barrett can have nine more 100-yard rushing games, he’ll break Braxton Miller’s record of 14 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback.
- One more win against Michigan, and Barrett would be the first Ohio State quarterback to go 4-0 against the Wolverines.
Barrett also can vault himself into the national records picture:
- With a 1,000-yard rushing season, Barrett would move into seventh all-time for rushing yards by a quarterback. He would pass former Nebraska quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch.
- If Ohio State makes the College Football Playoff in 2017, Barrett would join Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson as the only two quarterbacks to start in multiple playoff games.
Either way, there’s still no question that Barrett is one of the best, if not the best, quarterback in Ohio State history.