''Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett had a big summer. He got a new bathing suit, and he went swimming."
-Bill Landis, Northeast Ohio Media Group
J.T. and Cardale are both great quarterbacks. And that may be where the similarities end. While Jones is more outgoing and enjoys the public spotlight, Barrett prefers to keep things more quiet and reserved. Whereas Cardale spent his summer blowing up twitter and making an appearance at the ESPY's, not to mention his famous twitter infatuation with Ronda Rousey, J.T. barely made a peep all summer. The highlight of Barrett's summer? A trip to Zoombezi Bay with his teammates. Oh, and he also made time to watch film and put in some work for the upcoming football season.
Both approaches to the offseason are fine, because it's not as if Cardale didn't touch a football for three months. And it's refreshing to see two guys who are comfortable just being themselves, whatever that may be. Both have checked into camp with a laser-like focus, and both claim to be as close friends as ever. Maybe this rumored two quarterback system will work after all; the personalities involved work well together.
"I haven't proven anything to myself, my teammates, or my coaches to label myself as a starter," Jones said.
Cardale Jones has won a trophy for each game he has started. And yet, he is in the middle of a quarterback battle for the ages. Such are the times around the Ohio State football program. The success Jones experienced at the end of last year does come with a major caveat, and perhaps this is the single best reason why he is indeed in such a battle for the starting spot: Jones never beat out J.T. Barrett for the job, or Braxton Miller for that matter. Jones only ascended to the starting role because the two quarterbacks ahead of him went down with injuries. Yes he was prepared to perform once they went down, but they were ahead of him on the depth chart for a reason.
This fall camp is the best chance Cardale will ever have to prove that he is in fact the man for the starting job. If he wins said job, it will mark the first time he has beat out Barrett for the gig.
"If a Heisman Trophy favorite can fly under the radar, Ezekiel Elliott has done that this summer."
-David Jablonski, The Dayton Daily News
Last season Ezekiel Elliott became just the third running back in Ohio State history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a single season. 696 of those yards came in the final three, and most important, games of the year. And he did all that without having full use of his left hand. Following a February surgery to help heal his broken left wrist, Elliott wasn't able to bench press or use his left hand at all until July. Now that he is 100% healthy heading into the 2015 season, Elliott will look to build upon his outstanding finish to 2014. And with all of the hype centered around the quarterback situation this off-season, Elliott has somehow managed to fly under the radar; once the season starts it's safe to say things won't stay that way.
"After playing in every game at Ohio State as a true freshman in 2009, Carter was put on academic probation for the bowl game, and ultimately left the school."
Remember Duron Carter? Played every game of the 2009 season for the Buckeyes. Cris' son. Believes in aliens. Kicked off the team. Kicked off another team. Last played in Canada. Remember? OK good.
Duron's ability has never been the question, and that is why he is in camp with the Indianapolis Colts right now, as he has certainly taken the path less traveled on his road to the NFL. A big thing going for Duron and his NFL aspirations is the fact that there is no school to go to in the NFL. Because, according to his dad, Duron hates school.
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