One day after leading Ohio State to a national title, quarterback Cardale Jones said he hasn’t made a decision about the NFL but added that he’s “not ready for that level yet.”
Jones, Ohio State’s third-string quarterback, was promoted to starter after season-ending injuries to Braxton Miller and backup J.T. Barrett. The 250-pound third-year sophomore’s résumé includes three starts — a Big Ten title, a Sugar Bowl title and a 42-20 win over No. 2 Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T.
Jones threw for 242 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score against the Ducks.
“I mean, it’s very odd,” Jones said at Tuesday morning’s news conference for the title game winners. “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.”
Meyer said he’s not ready to talk about what the team’s quarterback situation will look like next season, but he reiterated late last week that he expected Miller to return. Barrett told reporters after Monday’s game that he expected all of the quarterbacks to return.
SOURCE: Heather Dinich