Joe Thomas Barrett IV (born January 23, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes.



Early years

Barrett attended S. H. Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and track. He played as a dual-threat quarterback for the Raiders football team. As a junior, he rushed for over 1,500 yards and passed for over 1,600 yards, totaling 23 touchdowns. In his senior season, he rushed for 569 yards with seven touchdowns and passed for 784 yards and five touchdowns before tearing his ACL in October, which ended his high school career prematurely.[2] In spring 2011, Barrett joined the school's track & field team, recording a personal-best time of 12.10 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the Iowa Park Relays, winning the event, while also running the second leg in the 4 x 400 metres relay, helping them earn a second-place finish with a time of 3:46.05 minutes.[3]


Barrett was ranked by the recruiting network as a four-star recruit and the seventh best dual-threat quarterback in his class.[4] He committed to Ohio State University in April 2012.[5][6]

College career

Barrett redshirted as a freshman at Ohio State in 2013.[15] Barrett was expected to be the backup quarterback to senior Braxton Miller in 2014. However, he became the starter after Miller was forced to miss the season due to injury.[7][8] On November 29, during the Ohio State-Michigan matchup, Barrett went down with what was later determined to be a broken ankle early in the fourth quarter. The injury happened on a run play, with Ohio State leading 28–21, after Barrett had thrown for 176 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Ohio State went on to win the game with Cardale Jones at quarterback.[9] Barrett was cited in the weeks before the injury as a potential Heisman Trophy contender but ended up finishing fifth in the voting. His injury prevented him from returning during the 2014 season,[2] but he had successful surgery having a plate placed in his ankle and was expected to be available in a limited capacity for spring practice.[2] On December 10, 2014, police were called to Barrett's apartment after he allegedly choked his pregnant girlfriend and threw her across the room. According to reports, Barrett did so after she refused to leave after an argument. He also took her phone during the altercation. No charges were filed in the incident, and Barrett was not suspended for any length of time. [2]

As a redshirt sophomore in 2015, Barrett passed for 992 yards, 11 touchdowns, and four interceptions. As a redshirt junior in 2016, he passed for 2,555 yards, 24 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.[2] On November 8, 2015, Barrett was arrested and charged with avoiding a DUI checkpoint and operating a vehicle under the influence. He was fined $400 and had his license suspended. Ohio State chose to only suspend Barrett for one game.[2] On January 5, 2017, Barrett announced that he would be returning to Ohio State for his final season of eligibility.[2]

Awards and honors

Barrett was named Conference Freshman of the Week seven times and received the Big Ten's Thompson–Randle El Freshman of the Year award. He received the Big Ten's Griese–Brees Quarterback of the Year award in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Barrett was named First Team All-Big Ten in 2014, 2016 and 2017 by both conference coaches and media.[2][2] Barrett earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors nine times.[2][2]

Barrett is the only three-time captain in the history of the Buckeyes football team.[3][3]

College statistics

As of November 26, 2017, Barrett holds the following stats:[3]

NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Ohio State Buckeyes
NCAA Career Totals484136–67461,16863.89,10910228153.46213,1375.140

OSU Records

  • Most Career Touchdowns - 142
  • Most Career Passing Touchdowns - 102
  • Most Career Passing Yards - 9,109
  • Most Career Total Offense - 12,246
  • Most Season Total Offense - 3,772 (2014)
  • Most Season Touchdowns - 45 (2014)
  • Most Season Passing Touchdowns - 34 (2014)
  • Most Game Touchdowns - 7 (2016, 2017)
  • Most Game Passing Touchdowns - 6 (2014, 2016)
  • Most wins by a starting quarterback against Michigan - 4 (2014-2017)
  • Most wins by a starting quarterback - 36
  • Most Game Total Yards - 423 (2017)

Big Ten Records

  • Most Season Total Touchdowns - 45 (2014)
  • Most Career Touchdowns - 142
  • Most Career Passing Touchdowns - 102
  • Highest Passing Efficiency Rating - 153.77