By Jim Baird | AM Football Briefing | Wednesday, December 28
Clemson Safety: ‘We Definitely Have Faced Quarterbacks Better than JT’ — Ohio State doesn’t need bulletin board material to get motivated for a playoff game. But when your opponent’s starting senior safety Jadar Johnson questions the ability of JT Barrett, well — that isn’t likely to go unnoticed. Here’s what Johnson said yesterday about JT via Eric Seger, “We definitely have faced quarterbacks better than him. I feel like if we can limit him on the ground with his running, that we’ll be pretty good. I don’t think he’s a very accurate passer. I’m not taking anything away from him, he’s definitely a good player but I feel like his strong point is on his legs. If we can limit him with that we’ll be able to play…That was a little different then because I feel like Braxton Miller can throw a little bit better than J.T. Barrett. I’m not really strong on J.T. Barrett’s arm. I don’t think he can really throw that well. Not saying he can’t throw it all, he definitely can put it out there but I definitely feel like Braxton Miller was a better thrower than him.” Ohio State remains a 3 point favorite against Clemson.
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