Many were surprised in the preseason when redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett was ordained as the backup quarterback for Ohio State.

Absolutely no one expected what happened when he stepped in when Braxton Miller was lost for the season with a shoulder injury.

Barrett has been terrific so far for the 13th-ranked Buckeyes (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) as they prep for a home game on Saturday against Rutgers (5-1, 1-1).

Right now, he's keeping pace with what Ohio State's quarterbacks did a year ago, when Kenny Guiton put up huge numbers in three games in between Miller starring for the Buckeyes.

Barrett leads the Big Ten and is 15th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total offense (326 yards a game) and tops the conference with 271 passing yards per game.