The Ohio State Buckeyes were rocked in August when quarterback Braxton Miller was injured and required season-ending surgery, but backup J.T. Barrett has emerged as a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate and has led the Buckeyes to a 10-1 record. Against the Wolverines Saturday, Barrett threw one touchdown pass and ran for two more, and the Buckeyes led 28-21 in the fourth quarter — but he was forced to leave the game after suffering an ankle injury on a run. Barrett was tackled by two Wolverines and landed on a third, and his right leg twisted as he fell to the ground.
Barrett remained on the ground, and his leg was placed in an air cast before he was carted off the field. He saluted the crowd as he was driven into the tunnel. The injury forced sophomore Cardale Jones, who had attempted just 14 passes all season, to come in at quarterback. The Buckeyes broke open the game with a 44-yard touchdown run on 4th-and-1, and on the ensuing Michigan drive a Devin Gardner fumble was returned for a touchdown.
After the game, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said that Barrett broke his ankle and will be out for the rest of the season.
“We lost a Heisman candidate today. We’re going to find out if we earn our coaching stripes now. We lost two quarterbacks.”
Barrett received an outpouring of support on Twitter after leaving the game.
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SOURCE: USA Today FTW! – Nick Schwartz