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Scarlet Sunrise: J.T. Barrett, Urban Meyer cap off Big Ten All-Decade team

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J.T. Barrett was named first-team All-Decade. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: J.T. Barrett, Urban Meyer cap off Big Ten All-Decade team

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J.T. Barrett, Urban Meyer cap off Big Ten All-Decade team

Ohio State dominated the Big Ten through most of the 2010s. So Urban Meyer’s selection as the best coach of the decade was fairly easy and took nobody by surprise.

But the unknown selection was at quarterback, where any of four Ohio State signal-callers could have been selected and it wouldn’t have been a wrong choice. But as the Big Ten’s leader in touchdowns, J.T. Barrett was the choice. The panel of 24 media members voted Barrett as the first-team quarterback for the decade in Big Ten football. Former Buckeyes quarterback and wide receiver Braxton Miller also made the first-team list as an offensive all-purpose player.

Despite having no cornerbacks on the first-team All-Decade squad, Ohio State dominated the All-Decade team. Billy Price, Wyatt Davis, Malik Hooker, Chase Young, Joey Bosa and Barrett were all first-team selections.

Dwayne Haskins, Ezekiel Elliott, Pat Elflein, Taylor Decker, Nick Bosa, Jeff Okudah, Ryan Shazier, Vonn Bell and Cameron Johnston were all second-team selections.

Kyle McCord breaks down Elite 11 performance

Quarterback camps don’t matter in the big picture of recruiting, but this week’s Elite 11 in Nashville had value to Kyle McCord.

For the first time in months, McCord was back on the football field. And the trip to Tennessee proved to be a valuable barometer of exactly how the 6-foot-4, 205-pound future Ohio State quarterback measured up against his peers. A three-day event designed to challenge young quarterbacks accuracy, poise, arm strength and consistency, McCord received rave reviews for his week on the final two days after admitting to some early jitters at the start of the event.

Kyle McCord touched base with Lettermen Row about his performance in Nashville, the chance to work with Justin Fields, the biggest lesson he learned from Trent Dilfer and the rest of the Elite 11 staff and more. McCord also touched on the idea of a quarterback rivalry with Michigan verbal J.J. McCarthy and whether or not there was any conversation between he and Caleb Williams about 5-star wide receiver Emeka Egbuka.

Bold predictions for Buckeyes tight ends

Ohio State isn’t known to get the ball to its tight ends. But that doesn’t mean the Buckeyes don’t have talent at the position.

The tight end unit is loaded from senior tight end Luke Farrell and rising star Jeremy Ruckert all the way down the depth chart to true freshman Joe Royer, who was the lone tight end in the 2020 class. Each tight end in the room brings talent and a unique skillset, and they seem ready to help the Buckeyes contend for another national title.

It’s Tight Ends Week at Lettermen Row, so it’s only right to give that critical unit some love and attention now — since the spotlight probably won’t shine as bright once the season starts. Or maybe this is the year Justin Fields throws the ball their way more than just once or twice a game. For now, we’ll let the staff project what’s going to happen with Five Bold Predictions here.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.