Texas head coach Tom Herman was instrumental in the development of former Ohio State quarterbacks J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones so much that it helped catapult him into a head coach position at Houston, followed by his current position with the Longhorns. So it was only natural that Herman would invite two of his former quarterback that helped establish him as a quarterback whisperer to Austin to check out spring practice with the Longhorns.
Obviously, this is a major moment for Texas to capitalize on as two former Ohio State quarterbacks with a national championship ring are speaking out in support of Herman, who is coming off a season that saw Texas play for the Big 12 championship and end with a victory over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. The iron is hot, as they say, for Texas and the chance to get two players from another program, and another conference, boost up the head coach of the program is a solid marketing tool that will surely be used in the recruiting process.
It’s worth noting too that both Jones and Barrett played under Tim Beck at Ohio State. Beck was an offensive coordinator at Ohio State from 2015 to 2016, when he succeeded Herman in the role after Herman left the Buckeyes to become the head coach at Houston after Ohio State’s run to the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship. Barrett had been the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes after Braxton Miller was injured in the preseason. When Barrett suffered a season-ending injury in the regular season finale against Michigan, Jones stepped in to lead the offense to a Big Ten championship game rout of Wisconsin and then to victories over Alabama and Oregon in the playoff. Herman was key in keeping the offense clicking in spite of the quarterback injury concerns that fell on Ohio State in what could have easily been a lost season in Columbus.
Barrett is currently in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints. Jones is currently a member of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Texas head coach Tom Herman and former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones may forever be tied together thanks to Ohio State’s run to a national championship in the 2014 season, the first year of the College Football Playoff. Herman, as a quarterback coach for the Buckeyes at the time, was a big influence on Jones, who had stepped in for an injured J.T. Barrett at the end of the season and the postseason run. Now, Herman is carving time out of his schedule as the Longhorns head coach to return to Columbus in a show of support for Jones.
As reported by Bruce Feldman of FOXSports.com, Herman turned down an invitation to join Migos and Chance the Rapper at a concert in Austin so he could be there for the graduation ceremony for Jones.
“They told me Migos and Chance the Rapper were gonna be here (in Austin) on Sunday, the seventh and wanted to meet me,” Herman said to Feldman. “I said ‘No, I’m gonna be in Columbus.”
That should be a good testament for how much the relationship the each and player have to this day. It turns out, as Herman explained to Feldman in the interview, Herman was a big reason why Jones was able to stick with the Buckeyes as long as he did.
“[Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer] wanted to kick him out of the program multiple times. It fell on me and Michelle, and so to see him get where he has got and mature the way that he has matured,” Herman explained. “Wow. It’s what we always talked about. You don’t have to be stuffy and buttoned-up to know when to say what and keep your mouth shut.”
If Herman is responsible for keeping Jones in check, then maybe Herman deserves a little more credit for Ohio State’s run to the College Football Playoff national championship than suspected.
The terror attacks in Paris yesterday have many here in the United States paying their respects on this college football Saturday. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones shared an image on his Twitter account this morning showing his helmet and cleats. The cleats have the peace symbol with the Eiffel Tower in it that has been going viral in the past 24 hours.
According to NBC News, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks throughout Paris yesterday, including one outside Stade de France as France was taking on Germany in an international soccer competition. The death toll has been reported to rise to 127 dead and 200 more wounded. French president Francoise Hollande has vowed a “merciless” response and the nation is currently in a state of emergency with 1,500 troops deployed throughout the country.
As you surely know by now, those attending college football games today should be prepared for some heightened security measures as a result of the terror attacks abroad to our nation’s oldest ally. There are no known threats of course, but sporting events have always been the types of events security forces in this country take extra care to protect, even more so in the wake of other terror attacks both home and abroad.
After serving a one-game suspension for the Ohio State Buckeyes, quarterback J.T. Barrett is now facing a different kind of suspension. A Franklin County judge has suspended Barrett’s license to drive for 180 days. Barrett was also fined $400 and ordered to complete a three-day alcohol education program. The sentence comes after Barrett was found guilty of misdemeanor counts of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol two weeks ago, during Ohio State’s bye week.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, Barrett agreed to take a breathalyzer test after being stopped by police the morning of October 31 at a sobriety checkpoint. Barrett’s BAC was 0.99 percent. The legal limit in Ohio is 0.08 percent. Of course, Barrett is also underage at just 20 years of age, so the legal limit for Barrett is actually 0.00. Drivers under 21 years of age in Ohio may be cited for anything over 0.02 percent, but police did not charge Barrett for that.
Barrett was suspended last weekend for Ohio State’s game against Minnesota. Head coach Urban Meyer said Barrett will return to the starting role this week against Illinois, assuming he has a good week of practice. Cardale Jones started in place of the suspended Barrett last week. In addition to serving a one-game suspension, Barrett will also forfeit financial aid over the summer.
Despite picking up yet another win with Cardale Jones as the starting quarterback (he has yet to lose a game as Ohio State’s starter), the Buckeyes will return J.T. Barrett to the starting role again this week against Illinois. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer announced that decision on Monday. There is a mild stipulation for Barrett to be given the starting nod against the Illini.
“If J.T. has a good week of practice, he’ll get the start,” Meyer said. “I think it’s the right thing at this time.”
Barrett sat out of Saturday’s game against Minnesota as he served a one-game suspension following an OVI charge on Ohio State’s bye week the previous week. Jones got the start in Barrett’s absence. Jones completed 12 of 25 pass attempts for 187 yards and a touchdown in Ohio State’s 28-14 win over the Gophers in Columbus. Ohio State remains undefeated and sits in first place in the Big Ten East Division and third in the College Football Playoff ranking, which will be updated Tuesday night.
Barrett stepped into the starting job at quarterback just a couple of weeks ago, supplanting Jones as the team’s starter. In seven games, Barrett has completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 472 yards and seven touchdowns with two interceptions. Barrett is also Ohio State’s second-leading rusher behind Ezekiel Elliott, with 329 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns. Having Barrett on the field makes Ohio State’s offense more diverse and difficult to slow down compared to when Jones is on the field, although Jones can pick up some hard-earned yards on the ground as well when needed.