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Ohio State football: Breaking down J.T. Barrett vs. Maryland

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Showing vast improvement every week, J.T. Barrett dominated the Maryland Terrapins through the air and on the ground to a tune of 338 total yards.

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Total Game Summary

Designed runs Dropbacks Completions Incompletions TD passes Scrambles Overthrow Underthrow Throwaway
10 30 18 5 4 2 3 3 0
Sacked Pressured Hit during throw Pass break-up Batted at LOS Drops Interception TD run Defensive PI
4 3 2 0 1 0 0 1 1

  • The first thing that stands out when looking at the chart is the high completion percentage (78.3%). Barrett has completed over 72% of his passes in every game this season besides the Virginia Tech game.
  • He scrambled only twice against Maryland, staying in the pocket longer and trusting his receivers to get open. This is also a compliment to the offensive line, which has been great lately in giving Barrett a clean pocket to throw from.
  • He was pressured only three times all game but he needs to do a better job at keeping a mental stop-watch in his head. The offensive line was too good to allow four sacks on the day. He needs to work on throwing the ball away or tucking the ball and running when he has been in the pocket for too long.
  • When looking at the passing chart above, it is clear that he looks to his right when throwing the ball. 11 of his 18 completions came on the right side of the field compared to four in the middle of the field and only two to the left side of the field.
  • Nine out of his 18 completions (50%) were between 0-10 yards.

First Quarter

Designed runs Dropbacks Completions Incompletions TD passes Scrambles Overthrow Underthrow Throwaway
5 8 7 1 1 0 1 1 0
Sacked Pressured Hit during throw Pass break-up Batted at LOS Drop Interception TD run Defensive PI
0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

  • From the first offensive snap, Barrett was in control of the offense, barking out calls and changing plays at the line of scrimmage. He looks like a leader out there and it is showing every single game.
  • Heading into the Maryland game I felt that he was pre-determining too much in the zone read and he started to show real signs of improvement versus the Terrapins.

  • As noted on the broadcast during his touchdown pass to Jalin Marshall, Barrett read blitz pre-snap coming off the the left edge. He motioned tight end Jeff Heuerman in from a slot position to a flex position into max protection. Heuerman executed the block and Barrett found a matchup that he liked on a flag route by Marshall for the touchdown.


Second Quarter

Designed runs Dropbacks Completions Incompletions TD passes Scrambles Overthrow Underthrow Throwaway
2 10 4 3 2 1 2 1 0
Sacked Pressured Hit during throw Pass break-up Batted at LOS Drop Interception TD run Defensive PI
2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

  • Barrett had another great read on a zone read:
  • What a throw by Barrett and catch by Michael Thomas on his Randy Moss-esque touchdown catch to make the score 21-3. The ball was slightly underthrown, but that was the only way to give Thomas a chance to make a play on the ball.
  • In back-to-back games, the final two drives (excluding the one play, 1-yard drive) of the first half were very poor and it almost allowed the Terrapins to get back into the game just like Cincinnati. They need to find a way to develop a killer instinct and put the opposing team away before a change in momentum.

Third Quarter

Designed runs Dropbacks Completions Incompletions TD passes Scrambles Overthrow Underthrow Throwaway
2 8 4 1 1 1 0 1 0
Sacked Pressured Hit during throw Pass break-up Batted at LOS Drop Interception TD run Defensive PI
1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
  • I like the inclusion of the tight ends into the offense. Although they only had two targets each, they are becoming a bigger part of the offense than ever before. On a Barrett underthrow, Heuerman made a nice adjustment on a jump ball, securing the reception.
  • With Maryland lined up in man coverage, Devin Smith beat his man easily one-on-one and Barrett threw a terrific ball that hit Smith in stride in the end zone right over the cornerback's extended arms. In my opinion, it was Barrett's best throw of the day that extended the Buckeye lead to 28 points.
  • I thought Barrett had another underthrow in the corner of the end zone on a flag route. This seems like Barrett's toughest throw that he consistently underthrows even though he has been bailed out by a pass interference penalty on almost every instance. He needs to get more air under the ball and throw it a little deeper into the corner of the end zone.

Fourth Quarter

Designed runs Dropbacks Completions Incompletions TD passes Scrambles Overthrow Underthrow Throwaway
1 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sacked Pressured Hit during throw Pass break-up Batted at LOS Drop Interception TD run Defensive PI
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
  • Barrett had a great individual effort on his touchdown run, freezing then beating a Maryland linebacker one-on-one on his way to the end zone.
  • With the Buckeyes leading 52-24, Barrett came out with 9:06 remaining in the game.
  • ESPN draft guru Todd McShay gushed over Barrett's decision making and his ability to do it all. He also stated that Barrett had, "faster eyes than Braxton Miller."