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Football: Former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett signs with Indianapolis Colts as undrafted free agent

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) calls a play in the first quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor

One of Ohio State’s most decorated players found his way onto an NFL team.

The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett as an undrafted free agent Saturday, according to a tweet from Ohio State.

Barrett led the Buckeyes to two Big Ten championships during his four years, including a 2014 National Championship that Barrett watched from the sidelines after breaking his ankle against Michigan.

Barrett got his first start in an Ohio State uniform following Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury in 2014. The then-redshirt freshman amassed 45 touchdowns and 3,772 total yards and finishing fifth in the Heisman voting.

After 50 starts across four years, Barrett finished his Ohio State career with more offensive yards (12,697), passing touchdowns (104) and total touchdowns (147) than any other player in Big Ten history.

Along with the numerous records accomplished while at Ohio State, Barrett went 38-6 as a starter while completing over 60 percent of his passes in each of his four seasons.

The three-time captain led the Buckeyes to a 24-7 Cotton Bowl victory over USC and this year’s No. 3 pick Sam Darnold in the last game of his OSU career.

In his sophomore season, Barrett threw for 211 yards and ran for 96 in a 44-28 Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame. A year later, again in the Fiesta Bowl, Barrett threw for 127 yards and two interceptions in a 31-0 defeat to Clemson in the College Football Playoff.

At the NFL combine, Barrett was the second fastest quarterback in the 40-yard dash at 4.70 seconds. On the other end, Barrett finished with the third slowest three cone drill times of all quarterbacks (7.38 seconds).

7 comments

  1. Congrats to Mr. BARRETT WILL BE HAPPY TO SEE HIM TURN COLTS AROUND AND WIN A SUPERBOWL .LOYAL OHIO STATE FAN

  2. Hahahahaha

  3. Congrats JT,
    Nevermind all the haters, they do not hold any records and Never played college or professional football. Wishing you all the best.
    Haters gonna Hate, and misspell words.
    Forever Buckeye fan til I die.

  4. Congrats J.T. I enjoyed watching you in Columbus now I’m going to look forward to watching you in the NFL. All the best to you, thanks for the memories.

  5. Congratulations JT! The next step is a head one! You’ve got the QB instincts to understand the game. It’s much faster and the windows for your throws will be smaller! Work on your intermediate throw accuracy and you’ll do just fine! You’ve got the athletic ability and the instincts! Don’t overthink yourself and let your instincts and throwing accuracy dictate the flow of your game.
    Proud of you! An ex-QB myself. Work hard and your God given talent will prevail!
    Swannie #7

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