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Cardale Jones to return to Ohio State for redshirt-junior season

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Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones holds the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy after OSU's 42-20 win against Oregon in the title game on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas.  Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor

Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones holds the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy after OSU’s 42-20 win against Oregon in the title game on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas.
Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor

Just three days after leading the Ohio State football program to its eighth national championship, redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones said in a Thursday press conference at the Ginn Academy in Cleveland he is coming back to Columbus for another season.

Jones, who started the last three games of the 2014-15 season for the Buckeyes, led OSU to wins over Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon en route to Big Ten, Sugar Bowl, and national titles.

In those games, Jones compiled 832 total yards and six touchdowns.

Jones initially won the backup quarterback competition against redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett in spring practice with senior Braxton Miller sitting out because of surgery, but fell to No. 3 on the depth chart behind Barrett and Miller during fall camp.

After Miller tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder just 12 days before the season opener, Barrett became the starter, making Jones the primary backup.

Barrett went on to become a Heisman Trophy candidate, but fractured his ankle in the regular-season finale against Michigan, paving the way for Jones to make the first starts of his OSU career.

In a performance not many were expecting, Jones threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns against the Badgers without throwing an interception, sparking the Buckeyes to a 59-0 win. He followed up with 243 yards and another score against Alabama to lead OSU to a come-from-behind, 42-35, victory.

Jones capped the 2014-15 season by throwing for 242 yards and a touchdown while adding another score on the ground in a 42-20 win against the Ducks in the title game.

The Buckeyes are set to open their 2015 campaign against the Virginia Tech Hokies Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va.

4 comments

  1. #WINNING!!!! My blood pressure can’t take anymore of this. Everyone calling me with bets (what did Vegas Predict) on “The Decision.” hahahaha I must admit when it was announced Cardale was holding presser at his old high school I knew he was gone to the NFL BUT my buckeye (former student athlete also grad from a one gender school) said “No Cardale is coming back!!” Cardale have you asked yourself out of all the talented QBs OSU has had why were you picked to take them down the final stretch? I will tell you why…NONE of them made comments like “I’m here to play ball not play school.” YOU needed to see what doors can open for you if you train that brain for FB. Most GREAT QBs are SMART/INTELLIGENT!!!

    Urban can we stop this so the fans can rest??? hahahaha ESPN, GREAT job with Cardale’s story. For once it didn’t feel like a tacky soap opera!! Until next season buckeyes……

  2. Buckeye in the West

    I have to give the kid credit; he is putting education ahead of the NFL. In The Dispatch article he says as much. The article also indicated that Urban Meyer was surprised at his decision. Surprised? Maybe Urban Meyer forgets that his players are students first and foremost. And that the goal is to get an education, so they have something to fall back on when their NFL career is over. Coach Meyer should take a page from Woody Hayes that the priorities, are in this order: family, education, football.

  3. Following in the footsteps of the great Earl Campbell. Earl even went back to summer school at Texas to finish up that one more class he needed to graduate before he headed for Houston. He said that his mama wanted him to graduate. Cardale’s little girl will be proud of him.

  4. Cardale Jones is impressive as a football player and as a person.

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