JT Barrett sets Ohio State career yardage record

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 19: Buckeyes quarterback JT Barrett (16) throws a pass during a Big Ten Conference NCAA college football game between Michigan State and Ohio State on November 19, 2016, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI. Ohio State defeated Michigan State 17-16. (Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire)
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No. 2 Ohio State senior quarterback JT Barrett entered Thursday’s season opener at Indiana on the verge of history, as he was just 5 yards away from breaking Art Schlichter’s school record for total yards gained in a career. Barrett passed the 8,850-yard mark in the first quarter and, should he stay healthy, the senior captain is likely to shatter that record.

Barrett, who is 26-4 in his Ohio State career as the starting quarterback, broke the record on a 5-yard pass to K.J. Hill on the second play of the Buckeyes’ opening drive of the game. And Schlichter’s record isn’t the first the Barrett is likely to break in 2017. Barrett began the season six touchdowns short of Drew Brees’ Big Ten record (106) for most touchdowns responsible for in a career, and he was also 1,167 yards short of the school record for career passing yards.

Barrett, who set a Big Ten single-season record with 45 total touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore, has already set 23 school records and began the season 535 yards short of the 3,000-yard mark in career rushing yards. Reaching that number would place Barrett in the top 10 of Ohio State’s all-time rushing leaders list.

A first team All-Big Ten selection last season, JT Barrett has won the Big Ten’s Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year award twice in his Ohio State career. The first three-time captain in program history, Barrett began the season tied for third on Bovada’s odds list for the Heisman Trophy with Louisville quarterback and 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.

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