Buckeyes’ Barrett intends to play today after surgery
By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS — J.T. Barrett has seen enough Big Ten championship games from the sideline.
So just six days after undergoing surgery on his injured right knee, the Ohio State quarterback is preparing to start today against No. 3 Wisconsin.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said Friday that Barrett, the three-time conference quarterback of the year, has been cleared to play after undergoing 15 hours of treatment per day since having a procedure he did not specify.
“Certain people probably couldn’t do it, but J.T.’s a little different,” Meyer said after confirming Barrett had surgery following last week’s win at Michigan. “He’s just one of the toughest human beings I’ve ever come across in my career. He’s just a very unique individual.”
Most players, Meyer noted, require at least two or three weeks to recover from minor knee surgery. Barrett, however, was throwing at practice Wednesday and took his regular regimen of snaps Thursday. If his recovery continues into today, Barrett will start.
“It takes a rare individual to do that because there is a pain threshold,” Meyer said. “That’s not normal.”
The eighth-ranked Buckeyes (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten, No. 8 CFP) must figure out how effective he will be.
Meyer acknowledged Ohio State needs Barrett to be close to full mobility against one of the nation’s stingiest defenses. And if Barrett isn’t himself, Meyer will go with redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins, who led the Buckeyes to 17 straight points to rally for the win over the Wolverines.
Barrett has been here before — and so have the Badgers (12-0, 9-0, No. 4 CFP).
Three years ago, Barrett fractured his ankle against Michigan then cheered on backup Cardale Jones during a 59-0 rout of Wisconsin in the title game. Jones and the Buckeyes went on to defeat Alabama and Oregon to finish a national championship run.
Back then, Wisconsin didn’t know much about Jones.