After becoming an overnight megastar with comparisons to NFL QBs, Ohio State QB Cardale Jones has a lot to consider.
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Ohio State Buckeyes QB Cardale Jones, fresh off his win in the College Football Championship game, says he is not ready to enter the NFL.
“I mean, it’s very odd,” Jones said at Ohio State’s Tuesday morning news conference following their 42-20 win over the Oregon Ducks in the College Football Championship game. “You know, I’m going to be starting three games in three years, and you know, guys play their whole career to have that buildup and have that motivation to play in the NFL. In my personal opinion, I’m not ready for that level yet. I mean, like coach [Urban] Meyer said, it’s a conversation me and him will have later down the road. But to me right now, it’s far out.”
At 6’5″ and 250 lbs, but with the athleticism of a much smaller man, the former third-string Ohio State QB has already drawn comparisons by analysts to Carolina Panthers Cam Newton. Jones threw for 242 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score against the Ducks.
Meanwhile, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has not yet made a decision as to who his QB will be. The team has three QBs with stellar resumes, but two of them are coming off season-ending injuries. Senior Braxton Miller is considered the most likely candidate to transfer out of Ohio State since he has a year of eligibility remaining, while freshman J. T. Barrett was a Heisman trophy candidate for a large part of the season before suffering an ankle injury.