Buckeye Leaves: Ohio State dominates Rutgers behind J.T. Barrett, but who else stood out?

Every week — win or lose — there are players who stand out for Ohio State in each of the three facets of the game. 

Following the tradition of the helmet stickers  that dates back to the days of Woody Hayes, we here at Land of 10, with a little help from readers via social media, will hand out our version of Buckeyes stickers every Sunday morning to our players of the week on offense, defense and special teams.

For the second straight year, Ohio State blanked Rutgers, knocking off the Scarlet Knights 56-0 on Saturday night.

A healthy Mike Weber returned to the lineup and scored three times in the first half as the Buckeyes rolled in Piscataway, N.J.

Which players earned the right to claim Land of 10’s Buckeye leaves this week?

Which Ohio State player earned a helmet sticker on offense?

It’s not so much that J.T. Barrett played perfectly on Saturday, because he didn’t. What he did do, though, was bounce back from a potentially shaky first quarter – one that Barrett admitted he was pressing in – to make some big-time throws in the second quarter as the Buckeyes offense found a rhythm.

The Buckeyes captain became the school’s all-time leader in passing yards in the second quarter and finished 14 of 22 for 275 yards and 3 scores. He also finished with another Buckeye leaf in less than a half of play.

What do the fans think?

The fans agree! It’s J.T. Barrett with a close win over Johnnie Dixon.

Which Ohio State player earned a helmet sticker on defense?

Any questions about the health of outside linebacker Dante Booker can be put to rest for a while after he turned in perhaps the best outing of his career.
The junior was everywhere for the Buckeyes, making a pair of stops in the backfield, claiming the team’s only sack and nabbing an interception to help build some early momentum in the blowout. Ohio State had some issues at the second level earlier in the season when Booker didn’t appear fully comfortable back in the lineup. But now it looks as if he’s poised to take off and become a factor for the Silver Bullets moving forward.

What do the fans think?

Hey, we’re 2 for 2. Ohio State fans feel Dante Booker had his best day, too.

Which Ohio State player earned a helmet sticker on special teams?

Blake Haubeil was much better with his placement on kickoffs, allowing the kickoff team to make some big stops.

Here is where Rutgers started drives after Ohio State’s 9 kickoffs: RU 17, RU 19, RU 10, RU 19, RU 22, RU 15, RU 21, RU 26, RU 26. That’s something the Buckeyes will take every game.

The placement still isn’t perfect, but it was better than it has been and good enough for the kickoff team to make plays.

What do the fans think?

Ohio State linebacker Justin Hilliard gets the nod from our readers. Hilliard had 3 tackles and was one of the many Buckeyes solid in kick coverage on Saturday night.

Need a refresher on who won helmet stickers earlier this season for Ohio State? Check it out here.

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