J.T. Barrett snubbed? Buckeye parent thinks so

Ohio State players headed to Los Angeles this week for the ESPYs all said they felt QB Braxton Miller deserved to be part of the small traveling party for all that he has done for the program, but at least one parent of a player took exception. 

Annie Apple is the mother of Eli Apple, a cornerback who entered the starting lineup for the Buckeyes last season and a member of 2014 recruiting class along with QB J.T. Barrett, who started all 12 regular season games at quarterback for Ohio State last season after Miller was knocked out with a shoulder injury. 

She was among the outspoken advocates for players’ families to get some financial assistance last season as costs mounted for travel to the College Football Playoff, and raises a valid question considering the huge role Barrett played in the Buckeyes’ national championship season. 

So what gives? A team spokesman told FOX Sports that Miller and linebacker Joshua Perry were chosen as guests along with Cardale Jones and Ezekiel Elliott, who were invited by ESPN. Jones, who replaced Barrett after a broken ankle ended his season, is personally nominated for an award for best breakout performance. 

For his part, Barrett played the role of peacemaker. 

If the sophomore puts up another season like he did in 2014 when he set a Big Ten record for touchdowns accounted for, he will probably have a good shot at making his own awards tour in the future.