Urban Meyer reveals why J.T. Barrett is such a vital piece to the Buckeyes’ continued success

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Urban Meyer reveals to Nick Wright and Cris Carter why J.T. Barrett is such a vital piece to the Buckeyes' continued success.

NICK WRIGHT: He mentioned that he talked to JT, and JT had a moment of, not rare honesty, as if he's not honest, but football players-- you know, when you talk to the media, you very often don't let your guard down. But he said something that I found really interesting, which was JT said when he was struggling the most, he realized he was going out there and trying to prove some of the critics wrong, trying to say, oh, you think I can't do that? Well, I'm going to show you I can do that.

Now that he's been back, playing the way he knows, he can't-- I don't think he's thrown an interception since the Oklahoma game. It's just been trusting what we do, is, I think, how Joel put it. Did you-- have you seen that? Like, does that-- does that mesh with what you're seeing on the field?

URBAN MEYER: Sure, and I've had-- I've been very lucky to coach incredible quarterbacks, from Josh Harris to Alex Smith, Chris Leak, Tim Tebow, Cardale Jones, Braxton, and JT. And you know, you can say, disregard the media. You can say, disregard the fans and all that. No, you're not. You're going to hear 'em. We're all human. We all have a little bit of that.

He's at the point in his career where I really believe he has to tune everything out, and I'm going to go execute the offense the way they're asking me to execute. And I think he's at that point in his career, like I said, that there's no doubt in my mind he's doing that. He's disregarding everything.

And I see the focus and I see him getting-- and get ready to play.

NICK WRIGHT: Follow up one more on JT because you guys are, as you mentioned, in this winning streak. You haven't played top-50 defense. Well, you're not just playing top-50 defense, not just playing top-5 defense, you're playing the number one scoring defense in the country. That's a tough-- that's tough for anybody. What, out of your quarterback, particularly, as you talk about the importance of it, do you need to be able to penetrate this Penn State defense that, really, nobody's been able to find a clear path on?

URBAN MEYER: Every other snaps of pressure. So we're going to try to put some space in our defense, which is kind of a style of play that we have anyways. The space in the defense means that we still want to be-- have a power run concept, do it from spread formations.

Now, the RPO is something that's become very-- in college, and professional, and into high school, everywhere, and that's the run-- run play with a pass option, in case they trigger or they blitz. That's something JT is exceptional at because he's-- I used to call him the distributor. He can distribute the ball wherever it needs to be because he's so smart and understands the defenses.

So we need to continue to have space. We can't be-- you know, you have a tendency sometimes when the team's blitzing a lot to bring people in. That's what the defense wants. We need to be in space, and the quarterback's got to keep us in good plays. And that-- a lot of times, you're seeing-- when you see things going on at the line of scrimmage, he's changing what he saw because he saw a trigger from the defense.