I was just like everybody else in the country when Braxton Miller went down for Thee Ohio State University. The two time Big 10 player of the year was out with a season ending shoulder injury before the season started. Ok, take a deep breath Buckeye Nation we don’t rebuild we reload. Now comes JT Barrett from Wichita Falls, Texas. A highly recruited quarterback who all the big time programs wanting him until a nasty knee injury in October of his senior year ended his high school football career. He took over the rains leading Ohio State through their season. After a HUGE loss to Virginia Tech he found a way to lead to Buckeyes into a position to get into the National Championship conversation. Then comes That Team Up North and JT suffers a season ending ankle break. Now what? 3rd string quarterback Cardale Jones that’s what.
All we had known about Cardale was that he was a product of Ted Ginn, Sr. and that Cleveland powerhouse Cleveland Glenville. Former home for Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and NFL journeyman Ted Ginn, Jr. Glenville had become a pipeline for Urban Myer and The Ohio State University. But Cardale took a little different path on his way to Ohio State. Before he even made it to Ohio State he attended Fork Union Military Academy to improve his academic situation. I respect that! Standing 6 ft 5in frame made for the perfect quarterback size and a strong arm earned him the nickname “12 Gauge”. But with little to no college experience what could he really do to put this team in a position of success? Lead the Ohio State University to wins over Michigan, Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon to win the National Championship. After a four game performance that had never been done with no real experience Cardale was the talk of college football. With Braxton Miller coming back and JT Barrett just a sophmore it made since for Cardale to consider going pro because his stock could not get any higher then it was then. He decided to return and I understand why, because he wasn’t ready to play at the NFL level. Once again I respect his decision and I understand his mindset. Have a great season next year, then go to the league to set up his family.
Cardale took all of the reps in spring ball and fall camp as well. He needed to learn to lead this team and he was heading in the right direction. Fast forward to the start of the 2015 college season and Cardale is the starting QB for the Number 1 team in the country, Ohio State. I know the season is still early but Cardale has not looked like the Cardale that lead the Buckeyes to the National Championship. He was pulled the 2nd game of the season after throwing two interceptions against University of Hawaii. JT replaced him and lead Ohio State to a win against Hawaii. Next team up was MAC favorite Northern Illinois and they were in a dog fight from the start to the final horn blowing. Now the question is arising should Cardale have ” Taken His Talents To The NFL”?
Cardale Jones is 23 years old and has a beautiful baby girl that he is providing for so going to the NFL would have been a good financial decision for his family. But I understand his decision to stay. HE WASN’T READY! You don’t get a lot of chances to make it to the league but Cardale is still in a good position. He needed game experience and he needed tape of more then 4 games. In order for NFL GMs and Executives to invest that much money on him, he needs to show that he can lead a team and he wasn’t ready. This isn’t the Old NFL where you can get a QB and he can sit on the bench behind a veteran to learn the offense and learn how to become a professional. If a team invested money on him, they wanted him to play now! By coming back to school Cardale guaranteed himself at least a solid shot to run a NFL offense. Teams are watching with his size and strengh he will get his shot and I know he will be ready now. With the path that he took to get into a starting spot at Ohio State the NFL is a just a season away. Enjoy this season with your teammates and get ready for the league. Your shot to run a NFL franchise is closer then you know! Good Luck Cardale Jones we are cheering for you!