J. T. Barrett
Barrett at Ohio State 2014 spring game
|No. 16 – New Orleans Saints|
January 23, 1995|
Wichita Falls, Texas
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||225 lb (102 kg)|
S. H. Rider|
(Wichita Falls, Texas)
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Roster status:||Practice squad|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Joe Thomas "J.T." Barrett IV (born January 23, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Ohio State Buckeyes and holds the Big Ten Conference record for most passing touchdowns in a career.
Barrett attended S. H. Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and track. He played as a dual-threat quarterback for the Raiders football team. As a junior, he rushed for over 1,500 yards and passed for over 1,600 yards, totaling 23 touchdowns. In his senior season, he rushed for 569 yards with seven touchdowns and passed for 784 yards and five touchdowns before tearing his ACL in October, which ended his high school career prematurely. In spring 2011, Barrett joined the school's track & field team, recording a personal-best time of 11.10 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the Iowa Park Relays, winning the event, while also running the second leg in the 4 x 400-meter relay, helping them earn a second-place finish with a time of 3:46.05 minutes.
Barrett redshirted as a freshman at Ohio State in 2013. Barrett was expected to be the backup quarterback to senior Braxton Miller in 2014. However, he became the starter after Miller was forced to miss the season due to injury. On November 29, during the Ohio State-Michigan matchup, Barrett went down with what was later determined to be a broken ankle early in the fourth quarter. The injury happened on a run play, with Ohio State leading 28–21, after Barrett had thrown for 176 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Ohio State went on to win the game with Cardale Jones at quarterback. Barrett was cited in the weeks before the injury as a potential Heisman Trophy contender but ended up finishing fifth in the voting. His injury prevented him from returning during the 2014 season, but he had a successful surgery and was expected to be available in a limited capacity for spring practice. Ohio State went on to win the their next game against Wisconsin, the 2015 Sugar Bowl against Alabama, and the 2015 CFP National Championship, behind the play of backup Cardale Jones.
As a redshirt sophomore in 2015, Barrett passed for 992 yards, 11 touchdowns, and four interceptions. As a redshirt junior in 2016, he passed for 2,555 yards, 24 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Barrett returned to Ohio State for his final season of eligibility in 2017. As a redshirt senior in 2017, he passed for 3,053 yards, 35 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
Awards and honors
Barrett was named Conference Freshman of the Week seven times and received the Big Ten's Thompson–Randle El Freshman of the Year award. He received the Big Ten's Griese–Brees Quarterback of the Year award in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Barrett was named First Team All-Big Ten in 2014, 2016 and 2017 by both conference coaches and media. Barrett earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors nine times.
Barrett is the first quarterback in Buckeyes history to go 4–0 as a starter against their top rival, Michigan.
School and conference records
Barrett accumulated more than 25 Ohio State records including most total yards in a season (3,851) and most touchdowns in a season (47) as well as most career passing yards (9,434) and completions (769). Additionally, he has several Big Ten Conference records including most career passing touchdowns (104) and total touchdowns (147). He also passed Drew Brees for most career offensive yards, with 12,697.
As of December 30, 2017, Barrett holds the following stats:
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad|
|6 ft 1 in
|4.70 s||1.65 s||2.76 s||4.44 s||7.38 s||30 in
|9 ft 0 in|
|All results from NFL Scouting Combine.|
Barrett went undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft, and was offered to participate in the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints rookie minicamps. Originally, Barrett planned on attending the Colts' camp but later decided he would attend the Saints' camp instead. On May 3, 2018, Barrett signed a three-year deal with the Saints as an undrafted free agent. He was waived by the Saints on September 1, 2018 and was signed to the practice squad the next day. He spent time on and off the Saints practice squad before being released on October 2, 2018. He was re-signed on October 20, 2018.
On December 10, 2014, police were called to Barrett's apartment after he allegedly choked his pregnant girlfriend and threw her across the room.  According to reports, Barrett did so after she refused to leave following an argument. He also took her phone during the altercation. No charges were filed in the incident, and Barrett was not suspended for any length of time.
On October 31, 2015, Barrett was arrested and charged with avoiding a DUI checkpoint and operating a vehicle under the influence. He was fined $400 and had his license suspended. Ohio State suspended Barrett for one game.
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- "J.T. Barrett agrees to minicamp tryout with the Colts AND Saints".
- "J.T. Barrett will attend Saints' rookie minicamp after previously agreeing to go to Colts".
- Teope, Herbie (May 1, 2018). "Saints signing Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett to 3-year deal". NFL.com.
- Alper, Josh (May 3, 2018). "Saints make it official with J.T. Barrett, three other undrafted free agents". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.
- "New Orleans Saints make roster reductions to 53". NewOrleansSaints.com. September 1, 2018.
- "New Orleans Saints announce roster moves". NewOrleansSaints.com. September 2, 2018.
- Katzenstein, Josh (October 2, 2018). "Saints cut Brandon Tate, add four players to practice squad". NOLA.com.
- "Saints practice squad moves: QB Barrett re-signs for 5th time". Saints Wire. USA Today. October 20, 2018.
- "Police called to apartment of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, no arrest made after domestic incident".
- "Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, ex-girlfriend, both made 911 calls over domestic incident".
- "Ohio St. suspends QB Barrett after OVI arrest".
- "Ohio State: JT Barrett fined, license suspended after OVI arrest, SI". Sports Illustrated. November 10, 2015.