COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Social media and sports talk radio dripped with vitriol toward J.T. Barrett after Ohio State was embarrassed by Clemson in the College Football Playoff. The veteran quarterback had heard it all before. He shouldered the blame, shut out the noise and quickly announced his intention to return and lead the Buckeyes offense for a fourth season.
Barrett is an oddity in modern college football, where the best players rarely stick around so long. In his fifth year on campus - he redshirted in 2013 - Barrett will be the first three-time captain in Ohio State history.
He's been around long enough to break a slew of school records and help lead the Buckeyes to a national championship in 2014. He carried last season's team to the playoff, winning many of the games with his legs. He's 26-4 as Ohio State's starting QB.