I'm coming back for my senior year. Much love to Buckeye Nation and thank God for the blessings. https://t.co/iOhLTX7FvR— Jt Barrett (@JT_theQB4th) January 4, 2017
There hadn't been much concern about Barrett leaving to enter the NFL Draft since he's not considered an early round draft pick at this point, but at least things are official now.
Returning for his senior season will also allow Barnett a chance to leave on a higher note than the one he would have left on this season following Ohio State's 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Barrett completed 19-of-33 passes for 127 yards and two interceptions in the game, and he rushed for minus-2 yards on 11 carries.
Barnett became Ohio State's starter in 2014 when Braxton Miller suffered an injury in the preseason and had a fantastic season. He threw for 2,834 yards and 34 touchdowns while completing 64.7 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 938 yards and 11 touchdowns but missed the Buckeyes final three games of the season -- the Big Ten title game as well as two playoff victories -- because of his own injury.
The last two seasons have seen Barrett head the wrong direction. He had to split time with Cardale Jones in 2015, and this year, his completion percentage dropped to a career low of 61.5 percent. Ohio State is hopeful that new quarterback coach Ryan Day and a new offensive coordinator can reverse that trend in 2017.