Injury Could Spell Opportunity for Rider Grad Barrett

Former Rider quarterback J.T. Barrett could be thrust into the starting quarterback position for the Ohio State Buckeyes after an injury to Braxton Miller in practice.

Barrett had just been elevated to the second-string QB position last week by OSU Head Coach Urban Meyer, who cited his work in the spring and summer.

But Miller, a senior and Heisman Trophy candidate who partially tore the labrum in his right shoulder during the Orange Bowl in January, reportedly re-injured the shoulder Monday in practice. His season is reportedly in jeopardy.

Barrett is no stranger to season-ending injuries himself, losing the majority of his senior season at Rider to a torn ACL in 2012. Over his junior and shortened senior seasons in high school, Barrett totaled nearly 2,400 passing yards with 19 touchdowns while running for nearly 2,100 more yards and 16 scores, leading the Raiders to the Region I-4A Final in 2011.