Following his 33-for-39, 328-yard performance in Ohio State’s 39-38 comeback win against Penn State, quarterback J.T. Barrett was named one of 18 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday afternoon.
The Maxwell Award is given to the player of the year.
Barrett has completed 171 of 246 passes for 2,166 yards and 25 touchdowns this season, the third-most in the nation. He also has rushed 87 times for 454 yards (5.2 yards per carry). Five of those carries have gone for touchdowns.
His 176.2 passing efficiency this year is currently a single-season school record and ranks third nationally. Barrett’s 25-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio tops the nation, and his average of 22.8 points responsible for ranks second in the country behind West Virginia quarterback Will Grier.
Barrett and redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber were both named to the Maxwell Award watch list in July.
Earlier Monday, Barrett was named the Big Ten Player of the Week.
The Buckeyes will return to action at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when they take on Iowa.