J.T. Barrett, Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback, has been suspended by head coach Urban Meyer after being arrested early Saturday morning for operating a vehicle while impaired by the effects of alcohol.
The Ohio State Buckeyes’ quarterback situation had always been a murky one. Meyer stuck with QB Cardale Jones for the beginning of the college football season before just recently switching to Barrett. Mostly noted for his stability and leadership in the locker room, Barrett started his first game against Rutgers last week. The Buckeyes won that game handily, scoring 49 points and holding the opposing team to just 7.
The Buckeyes’ athletic director Gene Smith stated that Urban Meyer has the ability to hold Barrett out for a longer period of time if he so decides. Meyer may well do so given the fact that he lauded the quarterback for his presence among the other players. Meyer may be compelled to punish Barrett further due to his own history with program legal issue during his tenure at Florida. According to official school policy at Ohio State the offender would have to be subjected to “more stringent alcohol testing”. Another incident and Barrett could be facing something more serious than a one game suspension.
Rest assured, the situation with the Buckeyes’ starting QB and the discipline from the head coach will be closely monitored.