Ohio State redshirt junior Cardale Jones is undefeated as a starting quarterback (3-0), with wins against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game, Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal, and Oregon in the national title.
Jones completed 56-of-92 (60.9 percent) of his pass attempts for 860 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions during this extraordinary run, bulldozing his way for 296 yards and another score. Instead of leaving for the NFL when his stock might have been at its highest, Jones decided to return to school for at least another year to obtain his degree.
And despite all the recent success and fanfare, Jones seems to realize that nothing will be handed to him on the playing field in 2015—not even playing time.
Let's not get it twisted, I haven't proved ANYTHING, what I wanna do, where I wanna go, much room for improvement, no time for days off
— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 28, 2015
Jones will be participating in what will be the most anticipated position battle in college football history: a three-way QB competition between a national champion (Jones), Big Ten single-season touchdown record holder (J.T. Barrett), and two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (Braxton Miller).
I don’t think anyone outside of Columbus can say they have the credentials for something like that.