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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

While many players are leaving the Ohio State Buckeyes for the National Football League, quarterback J. T. Barrett has announced he is not leaving. He’ll return in 2017 for his senior year.

The Buckeyes lost 31-0 to the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff Semifinal in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. Barrett hopes that Ohio State could return to that level in his final campaign.

If he would have declared for the draft now, he would have been behind several other quarterbacks. Now, he will be given more time to improve his passing for the 2018 NFL Draft.

“I didn’t really give [the future] that much thought, but it will be really hard for me to walk away when we just lost 31-0,” Barrett said on Saturday night.

The junior quarterback went 233-of-379 for 2,555 passing yards. He had 24 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.

He had a 135.3 QB Rating in 13 games.

Last year, as he juggled time on the bench behind Cardale Jones and being a late starter, he had 992 passing yards. He had 11 touchdown passes and four interceptions.

During the 2014 season, as a freshman, he went 203-of-314 for 2,834 passing yards. He had 34 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions in 12 games.

Barrett will have to compete for the starting job with Joe Burrow, a freshman during the 2016 season, who had 28 passes. The team also had a verbal commitment Tate Martell, a four-star quarterback.

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