JT Barrett: “Ohio State QB” suspended for Minnesota game after he was cited for OVI

JT Barrett: Ohio State QB suspended for Minnesota game after he was cited for OVI
JT Barrett: Ohio State QB suspended for Minnesota game after he was cited for OVI

J.T. Barrett was arrested early this morning on a charge of O.V.I.–operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated, according to Eleven Warriors.

Barrett was arrested after reportedly attempting to avoid a sobriety checkpoint near campus. He was given a breathalyzer test and registered just over the .08 legal limit, according to Eleven Warriors.

J.T. Barrett was arrested just north of Ohio State’s campus after police observed him attempt to avoid an OVI checkpoint, ElevenWarriors.com reports. He was released to Cardale Jones, another Ohio State quarterback whom Barrett has been competing with for playing time this season.

J.T. Barrett earned his first start of the season last week and led the Buckeyes to a 49–7 victory over Rutgers. Jones had started Ohio State’s previous games, with Barrett coming off the bench occasionally, often in the red zone. Barrett’s performance against the Scarlet Knights seemed to firm his grasp on the starting role. He completed 14 of 18 passes for 223 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions and rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

He has completed 66.1% of his passes this season for 472 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions while rushing for 329 yards and seven scores.

J.T. Barrett made an immediate impact as a redshirt freshman last season when he was thrust into the starting role just over a week before the season after Braxton Miller suffered a shoulder injury. After a Week 2 loss to Virginia Tech, Barrett rallied the Buckeyes to 10 straight wins before breaking his ankle in Ohio State’s win over Michigan. Jones filled in for Barrett, leading the Buckeyes to wins in the Big Ten championship game, Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff championship game. That set off a high-profile three-quarterback battle for Ohio State’s starting job this off-season, later reduced to two when Miller opted to switch from quarterback to H-back.

Ohio State, 8–0 and ranked No. 1 in the AP poll, is on a bye this week before hosting Minnesota next Saturday.