Clemson defensive back Jadar Johnson is a pretty good player in his own right, but here’s hoping he doesn’t become that “bulletin board” guy for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Johnson spoke about the upcoming College Football Playoffs, and specifically about facing the Buckeyes and quarterback J.T. Barrett.
Jadar isn’t one to come up off a compliment easily, so it was no shock to hear him say that While he said he respects Barrett’s ability to make plays on the ground — he has no concerns about an aerial assault.
“He’s pretty good,” Johnson said, according to Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com. “We’ve definitely faced quarterbacks better than him. I feel like if we can limit him on the ground with his running then we’ll be pretty good. I don’t think he’s a very accurate passer. Like I said, I’m not taking anything away from him. He’s definitely a good player, but I feel like his strong point is on his legs.”
It’s likely an accurate assessment of Barrett’s skills, but why now, with the game just days away.
“Not taking anything away from him, I don’t think he’s a bad player, he’s definitely a good player,” the safety added. “He just doesn’t stand out as one of the best quarterbacks we’ve played this year as a defense.”
Johnson was also less than impressed with Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson — who accounted for 457 yards of total offense and three scores in a 42-36 Clemson win.
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