Ohio State Sweeps Big Ten All-Decade Quarterback Group

By July 3, 2020 (6:00 pm)Football, Patrick Mayhorn
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After placing at least one former Buckeye in almost every position group of the Big Ten Network all-decade team that has been running for the last week, Ohio State finished off the team with a bang, landing the coach of the decade in Urban Meyer, all-purpose offensive player of the decade in Braxton Miller, second-team punter Cameron Johnston and, in the quarterback room, a Buckeye sweep. Former Buckeyes J.T. Barrett and Dwayne Haskins were selected to the first and second teams, filling out the group and giving Ohio State eight first-team selections including Meyer and 17 overall, with nine on the second team.

Barrett was a four-year contributor for Ohio State, taking the reins as a starter in 2014 following Miller’s season-ending injury and then leading the Buckeyes in the back half of 2015, and all the way through 2016 and 2017. He put up a whopping 38-6 record as a starter, and tossed for 9,434 yards and 104 touchdowns on his career, while rushing for 3,263 yards and an additional 43 scores. For his efforts, Barrett was named a three-time captain, three-time All-Big Ten honoree, three-time Big Ten Quarterback of the Year and Silver Football Award winner in 2016.

β€œHe’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around, and I’m not just talking about physically tough. I’m talking mentally tough, offseason tough, just everything you ever want as the leader of your team,” said his Urban Meyer, one of the voters for the all-decade team. β€œAnd then just his leadership skills and competitiveness were off-the-chain.”

Barrett spoke to Big Ten Network about the selection.

“That is pretty crazy,” Barrett said of being the top quarterback of the decade. “You think about the quarterbacks at the time, Connor Cook was obviously a baller at Michigan State, Trace McSorley at Penn State. I’m grateful for sure.”

After just one year as a starter in 2018, Haskins was marked as the second-team quarterback on the all-decade squad.

While he only played for a year in Columbus, it was as electric a year as the university has ever seen from a quarterback, as the Maryland native shattered single-season school and conference records on the way to a 13-1 season, putting up 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2018.