Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Chris Worley responded to Clemson safety Jadar Johnson’s criticism of J.T. Barrett on Wednesday in a Fiesta Bowl press conference at the Cameback Inn.
On Tuesday, Johnson said Barrett wasn’t an accurate quarterback and they’ve played better quarterbacks. Barrett hasn’t had a chance to respond because he met with the media Tuesday before Johnson’s comments.
Worley was asked about Johnson’s comments and said of Barrett, “That’s my quarterback. That’s what T.O. (Terrell Owens) said.”
Owens defended quarterback Tony Romo in 2008 after a playoff loss. Worley took a similar approach while defending Johnson’s right to say what he wants.
“That’s his opinion,” Worley said. “He can’t help his opinion. I don’t know what would make him come out and say that, but at the end of the day, we’ve got to go win a game on Saturday. That’s what it was about. We don’t feed into the bulletin-board material. We respect all our opponents. At the same time, we expect to beat every opponent we play. For us, there’s no need to come out with comments like that, especially when they’re good players we’re playing.”
Worley and Barrett are both redshirt juniors who arrived at Ohio State in 2013.
“J.T., at the end of the day is a winner,” Worley said. “That’s all J.T. cares about. I kind of look at him like a Tom Brady. He may not be the fastest or the tallest. He may not have the strongest arm to win the game, but if you need a quarterback to win the game, you better put J.T. in. That’s what it’s all about. Anybody who really cares about football cares about who’s winning and who’s losing. People have seen it throughout J.T.’s career. Whether it was in overtime against Penn State when he had a knee injury and probably wasn’t supposed to come back and came back and willed us to victory or when the offense wasn’t playing well against the Team Up North and to see him come back and help us win a game, that’s who he is. He’s a winner at the end of the day. I’d take my quarterback, like T.O. said, over anybody.”
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