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Lions Promote Former Ohio State Star QB To New Role On Coaching Staff

Written by Tony Ghaul

The Detroit Lions have promted former Ohio State Buckeyes QB JT Barrett to the role of assistant quarterbacks coach.

Since retiring from football, Barrett has been on staff in Detroit, previously serving as an offensive assistant since last July. His job will be to work closely with Jared Goff.

Before joining the Lions staff, Barrett played football for the Edmonton Elks in the Canadian Football League but suffered an injury last March.

Lions QB Jared Goff finished the 2022 NFL regular season sixth in the entire league with 4,438 passing yards and 29 touchdown passes with just seven interceptions.

Goff led a high powered Lions offense that was among the most prolific in the league. They averaged 26.6 points and 380.0 total yards per game.

Barrett is best known for leading the Ohio State Buckeyes to a College Football Playoff National Championship Game back in 2015.

During his collegiate career, Barrett passed fora total of 9,434 passing yards and 104 touchdowns with 30 interceptions and a 63.5 percent completion rate. He also rushed for 3,263 yards and 43 touchdowns on 656 rushing attempts.

Barrett was not selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. He signed with with the New Orleans Saints. Barrett spent time with the Saints and Seahawks practice squads and also had a stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019-20.

Former Ohio State star J.T. Barrett. Photo courtsey of Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

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