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Cardale Jones Made The Best Decision For Him

Cardale Jones will be sticking around Ohio State for another year( picture courtesy of

Cardale Jones was just a backup quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes just seven weeks ago to freshman JT Barrett. He was watching on the sideline as his team played against their rival, the Michigan Wolverines. But all that changed on one play in the fourth quarter for Jones and the Buckeyes. Barrett was carrying the football when he was stuff in the backfield by the Michigan defense. But instead of Barrett popping back up, he laid on the field. The medical staff had to come get him, immobilize his leg and take him off the field on a cart. It was clear that Barrett had suffered a serious injury. Ohio State was able to win the game, but their second starting quarterback this year (senior quarterback Braxton Miller was injured before the season started) had been lost to what was later found to be a broken ankle. So , ready or not, the team was turned over to the redshirt sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio native who was just watching on the sidelines the previous week. Some thought the Buckeyes were in trouble. But little did they know that Jones was ready for the challenge.

The 6’5”, 250 pound quarterback would not only meet but ace the challenge as he would lead a blowout win against Wisconsin in the Big 10 title game, upset the #1 team in the country, Alabama and lead the Buckeyes to a championship game win versus the Oregon Ducks. After the three games which Jones showed his skills, the talk began to come of Jones leaving for the NFL. But after much speculation of what he would do, Jones made his decision today. Cardale Jones is returning to Ohio State for his junior season and will be coming back to a loaded team ready to potentially repeat as college football champions. But the equation for him to return was not as simple as it would appear to most. He surely had a lot to think about in the decision. And of course, to some he made the right decision, while others believe he should have left school.

Turron Davenport, a NFL columnist for Pro Player Insiders and Ravens reporter for the Baltimore Times, recently chimed in on where he thought Jones could have gone if he had declared for the draft: “I’m told Cardale Jones could go mid-second to the fourth round in the draft. The negatives on him are the experience. We have seen him in only a three-game window. But the positives is he has a body like Dante Culpepper, can move and has a rocket arm.” I’m sure Davenport is not the only one that feels this way about Jones, but ultimately he is a taking a chance with whatever he was going to try. Some will say that the correct choice was for him to come back and there are also people who believe that he should have struck while the iron is hot. The truth is it is an individual decision for Jones and no one knows his situation better than him.

Jones is coming back, but there is no guarantee that he will be the starter at Ohio State next season. Barrett will be back and healthy next season and the Buckeyes could potentially have quarterback Braxton Miller back next season also (even though it is widely expected that he will opt to transfer using the graduate-transfer rule). Cardale may have just went to the top of the world with leading his team to the title, but that does not mean he walks right in and takes over as quarterback next season. If he does not win the position next season, then all he did to win the title will be forgotten in the fast-paced world we live in. Barrett or Miller would be back at the controls and any thoughts that Jones had of being a professional quarterback will have disappeared with each passing play he sits on the sideline. But there is also the possibility that Jones can hold on to the starting position when Barrett comes back and if Miller comes back. By doing so, he will create even more film to show that he is the real deal to NFL teams. And with doing so, he could take himself from a mid-second/fourth round draft pick to a first round draft pick just that fast. There are always two sides to the coin, but hopefully whoever is around him will advise him to get an insurance policy on himself in case of injury.

Just like Jones made the choice to stay, he could have easily made the choice to leave. After all, Jones could have seen the guaranteed money as a chance to take care of his family, and most importantly, his brand infant daughter. He was looked at early-to-middle round selection, but what if he impressed in his workouts and the combine before the draft? All if would have took is one team to be really high on him and he could have potentially snuck in the first round of the draft and been looking at instant millions. That would have bought him some time to learn the system of the team that drafted him and the opportunity to parlay some potentially good play into a big contract. But just like he could have potentially took that chance and made it in the NFL, he could have easily fell. Draft stock is just like the Dow Jones, it can go up and down. The same way some projected him to be drafted between the second and fourth rounds, he could have easily fell down draft boards after a workout. Often when more time is given, there can be more prodding into a player’s mannerisms and ability to handle the quarterback position. No one has that much tape on him, so there would be doubts about his ability to read defenses and route combinations. And if someone took a chance on him and he was not able to do either, then he could be out of the league as fast as he got in it. And at that point, there is no going back to college to play, as real life is the next reality.

Whether Cardale Jones stayed or left was not the biggest thing today. The biggest thing for Jones was that he made the decision for him. And going forward, he has to live with the decision he made. Both decisions carried some risks in some aspects, but Jones decided it was the best thing for him to return and get better instead of taking a chance and capitalizing on his rising profile and entering the draft. His decision will be scrutinized by many that either loved or hated his decision. But he could probably care less. He did what he felt he needed to do.

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  1. Dori Longino

    January 16, 2015 at 11:05 am

    He said last week he didn’t feel he was ready and I admire and respect him for being true to himself.

    • Mike Patton

      January 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      He made his own decision for himself and I can accept that.

  2. Steve

    January 16, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Right call, three games is not prepping enough for the NFL. Go back and hone your skills.

    Kudos to him, that he is mature enough to know he wasn’t ready. Most young players in his position are not.

  3. Jason

    January 16, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I think it was a good choice for him…he can develop some more….I think maybe Urban might want him as well…but that’s just what I think.

    Great article Mike

    • Mike Patton

      January 17, 2015 at 1:27 am

      Thanks Jason and he is certainly different than Barrett or Braxton Miller

  4. Derrick Branch

    January 17, 2015 at 1:24 am

    I agree with Jones decision to return to school. Three games is not even enough to get all excited about drafting a quarterback in the first round or any rounds in the draft for that matter. People act like the NFL is going away tomomorrow and he has to get in the league right now.

    • Mike Patton

      January 17, 2015 at 1:28 am

      The NFL isn’t going away but there is also the possibility that he could disappear into the shadows again at Ohio State next season.

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