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Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett collects two weekly Big Ten awards

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OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett runs the ball during a game against Kent State on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. Barrett passed for 312 yards and 6 touchdowns in OSU’s 66-0 win. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett runs the ball during a game against Kent State on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. Barrett passed for 312 yards and 6 touchdowns in OSU’s 66-0 win. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has collected his second and third Big Ten awards in just his third week of play.

Barrett was named the Big Ten freshman and offensive player of the week Monday, marking the second time in three weeks he has won offensive freshman of the week, after he won the same award week one against Navy.

The Wichita Falls, Texas, native threw for 312 yards on 23 of 30 passing and tied the OSU single game record for touchdown passes with six against Kent State on Saturday.

The 300-yard passing performance was the first time a Buckeye quarterback had amassed 300 yards since Troy Smith threw for 316 against Michigan in 2006.

Barrett is the first Buckeye to win the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week since Carlos Hyde won it following a game against Illinois last season, in which the former OSU running back rushed for 246 yards on 24 carries and scored five total touchdowns.

Barrett and the Buckeyes are set for a bye week before taking the field at Ohio Stadium Sept. 27 against the Cincinnati Bearcats.

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