Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett loses part of scholarship after suspension

Posted at 5:39 PM, Nov 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-02 17:39:24-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University quarterback J.T. Barrett will lose a portion of his scholarship after police cited him early Saturday on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while impaired, the school’s athletic department announced Monday.

Barrett also has been suspended for this week’s game against Minnesota.

For the summer 2016 term, Barrett will “be on his own to cover rent, food, books, tuition, etc.,” a university spokesman told CNN.

Columbus police cited Barrett, 20, with the misdemeanor offense Saturday morning at a campus-area checkpoint.

Ohio State is ranked No. 1 in the college football polls. The defending national champions did not have a game October 31. The team plays Minnesota on November 7.


Barrett is the reigning Big Ten Conference quarterback of the year. He went 11-1 as a freshman starter while setting 19 school and Big Ten Conference records, according to the athletic department.

Barrett is a sophomore from Wichita Falls, Texas. He regained the starting quarterback job before a 24 49-7 victory over Rutgers on October 24.

Barrett started as quarterback in 2014 but suffered an ankle injury in the final regular-season game against Michigan.

He was a candidate for the Heisman Trophy after finishing the 2014 season with school record totals of 3,772 yards and 45 touchdowns — a Big Ten record. Barrett passed for 2,834 yards and a school-record 34 touchdowns, and rushed for an additional 938 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Barrett enrolled at Ohio State in January 2013.