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Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett named to Davey O’Brien Award watch list

Another day, another award watch list for the Buckeye quarterback.

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“Ohio State junior quarterback and two-time team captain J.T. Barrett is one of 30 quarterbacks named today to the Davey O'Brien Award watch list.”

- Ohio State Buckeyes

The award, presented by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, is the second watch list the quarterback has been added to ahead of the 2016 season — the first being for the Maxwell Award. The Davey O’Brien Award will announce 16 semifinalists on Nov. 10, and will select three finalists Nov. 22. The Award winner will be announced on Dec. 8 at The Home Depot College Football Awards.

Without a quarterback competition to muddle up the division of first-team snaps, consistency could lend well to another season full of school and conference records broken, and another run at the National Championship. Barrett is 15-2 as the starter for the Buckeyes, and is the clear starter heading into 2016. He stands just a few touchdowns, completions and percentage points away from upending several records held by both Braxton Miller and Troy Smith, and with two years of eligibility left, will almost certainly surpass them.

With some early Heisman talk as well, the junior quarterback is looking to add quite a bit of hardware to his trophy case come season end.

“...pairing Elliott with the Cowboys O-line will be an exciting thing for the Cowboys.”

- One.Cool.Customer, Blogging the Boys

The Dallas Cowboys don’t have a lot to be excited about offensively with the latest round of suspensions and aging quarterback, but they do have Buckeye Ezekiel Elliott. Already considered one of the top prospects for Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016, Elliott projects to be the main target this fall.

As a three-down back, Elliott will shoulder most of the load and is projected by ESPN to have a 1,200-plus yard season — making him worth the fourth overall pick in the draft. His toughness will be tested as veteran rusher Darren McFadden broke his elbow over Memorial Day weekend and will be limited early on. And with a defense that has three starters facing suspensions to start the year, Elliott needs to do what he can to keep the ball moving and keep them on the sidelines as much as possible.

While most analysts are down about the overall offense for the Cowboys, no one is overlooking Elliott, whose name you can expect to hear a lot on Sundays this fall.

Fifteen new Buckeyes might be in the NFL, but that doesn’t stop them from coming back to campus when they need a good workout. With July being a relatively relaxing period in between offseason workouts and training camp, some players go on vacations or get married, and some go back to their alma mater to continue training. The extra time these young NFL players are putting in will only help develop and jettison their potential, and when they head to their first training camp, they’ll be well-conditioned and ready to go.

Vonn Bell already has a comfortable spot on his new team in New Orleans, but Powell, having signed as a undrafted free agent with the Seahawks, is still working for a roster spot. Training with someone who has already impressed during offseason workouts can’t be a bad thing for the safety/special team player as he gets ready to make a run for the final 53-man roster.

Powell, Bell and Grant weren’t the only ones on campus this week, with Braxton Miller, Cardale Jones and Jalin Marshall all getting in workouts at the Woody Hayes Athletic Facility into the wee-hours of the night. Route-running, foot work drills and even some THROWS by Braxton Miller were all part of the midnight workout. Joshua Perry was also spotted around the WHAC in the weight room during the week. No days off!

They may suit up for different teams now, but they are still brothers in Columbus and continue to work together and train together in their off time. They might not be friends on Sundays, but they’ll always cheer for the same team on Saturdays.

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