Good news for Buckeye Nation, redshirt Sophomore Cardale Jones will return to Ohio State for the 2015 season. A guy who can throw the ball roughly 80 yards, two-thirds that far from his knees, is someone fans were hoping would stay around a little while longer. As of now, the coaches have a good problem on their hands, as they start to look at an offense with Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones.
Rumors started flying during the national championship game about Jones declaring for the NFL Draft; once people caught wind of his strength and size it seemed like the logical next step. While his stature is a selling point, his short starting experience could be a downfall. Despite incredible success in the three high profile games he led this year, he only saw a few touches throughout the regular season and could benefit from one more year at the college level.
He may have only had three starts this year, but he made an impact when it counted most. The Big Ten Championship Game was when people got the first view of Jones's potential; he threw 12 completions for 257 yards and three touchdowns. He went on to face the nation's former best, Alabama, in the Sugar Bowl, but was able to complete 18 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown. On the biggest stage the Buckeyes have seen since Urban Meyer came to Ohio State, Jones threw for 242 yards and one touchdown. He also had his first rushing touchdown on the season.
The rich get richer with 12 Gauge coming back for at least one more go at it.