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Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett suffers broken ankle, out rest of season

Everyone in Ohio Stadium clad in Scarlet and Grey held their breath as they saw star freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett go down with an apparent ankle injury in the third quarter of “The Game.” Initially we saw him go off with an air cast, a not-so-good sign for his ability to come back this week or in the near future.

At first, Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch reported that the worst fears could be confirmed:

UPDATE: Ohio State released an official statement, clarifying the status of Barrett.

Ohio State freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls, Texas; Rider High School) suffered a right ankle fracture in the second half of the Buckeyes’ 42-28 victory over Michigan Saturday at Ohio Stadium. He is scheduled to have surgery Sunday at the Ohio State University Medical Center, and he will miss the remainder of the season.

Despite the setback, the good news for the Buckeyes is that Barrett’s replacement, sophomore Cardale Jones, has at least some experience under his belt. He did finish up against Michigan, but wasn’t asked to do much.

He clearly won’t be able to do that next week against the winner of Minnesota vs. Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game. Jones will also likely be asked to throw the ball more than nine times, which is a career high for him so far.

Jones has played a part in seven games, going 8-of-14 for 111 yards and two touchdowns. He’s also had 24 rushing attempts for 184 yards and no touchdowns.

No matter how good Jones looked, losing the guy who many thought could’ve been in line for a Heisman Trophy finalist position will hurt this team. Losing a QB who completes over 64 percent of his passes, is third in the nation in passing TDs and has 849 yards and nine touchdowns rushing is never a good idea going in to a championship game.

We’ll have more on this as news is confirmed, so make sure to follow us on Twitter @Talking_10.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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