It’s not often someone’s dad roots for another player to be the starter. In the case of J.T. Barrett’s father, “root” may not be the right word, but he says he believes Braxton Miller, not his son, should be the Ohio State Buckeyes’ starting quarterback heading into camp.
“Of course I would love to see my kid start, but for me it always goes back to who was first,” Joe Barrett told the Columbus Dispatch. “If Braxton hadn’t gotten hurt, I would still be waiting for my baby to get the chance to play. I was thankful J.T. got that chance … and we were all blessed that he was ready to compete, but like I have told everybody, I don’t want to see my kid take a position because of the misfortune of someone else.
“In other words, Braxton should get that position back, then everybody else should go try to take it from him.”
Joe Barrett does not want the former starter Wally Pipp’d.
The three-way quarterback battle also includes Cardale Jones, who was the starter during the team’s run in College Football Playoff, which culminated in a national championship. No one knows who will ultimately win the battle, but one Vegas oddsmaker has Barrett as the favorite over Jones and Miller in that order.