"Just put it somewhere around them. I underthrew a couple the past week. Guys like Michael Thomas, Jalin Marshall and James Clark can put their foot in the ground and go up for ball. They have a unique way of tracking it. They can stop on a dime. I prefer to put it on the money, but really just put it around them."
Cardale Jones entered the postseason as a first-time starter for Ohio State, but executed the offense like he had been the starting quarterback all season. Perhaps his best attribute was his arm (duh) and his ability to throw the deep ball. With a burner like Devin Smith to throw to, Jones excelled in the long passing game and was able to help lead the Buckeyes to a national championship run. With Smith using up his eligibility, Jones will have to find a new go-to target for the long bombs. If he were to win the starting job, would it be possible to repeat the same success he had through the air last season?
Jones doesn't seem too concerned. As he mentions above, receivers such as Michael Thomas, Jalin Marshall, and James Clark can get elevation on their defenders and make a catch. The only thing left to do is to actually do that in games. So far, it seems to be working in fall practices. Jones also mentioned adjusting to Braxton Miller playing as an H-Back, and said he could see Miller having a more than productive season.
"I didn't want to redshirt at all. Handling it mentally, I wasn't ready for that. I just wanted to play last year and show what I can do. I know what I can do. I know I can bring some excitement to the team."
Injuries are one of the most difficult things to deal with, since a large majority of the time it's not something that is under a person's control. One of the top young players on Ohio State's roster is dealing with that situation today, as Marshon Lattimore tries to heal from his recent right hamstring that hindered Lattimore on the third day of practice. Vying for the second cornerback position next to Eli Apple, Lattimore is missing crucial time during two-a-days to make an impression on the the Buckeyes' coaching staff.
After redshirting last season due to the same injury (but on the left hamstring), Lattimore's frustration is clearly apparent, though he still believes that he can make a name for himself this season and beyond. Right now, Lattimore is focused on fully recovering and not rushing back too soon - something Lattimore said he did last season. While Gareon Conley appears to be locked in, opposite of Apple, Lattimore will have to make up for lost time whenever he returns. The best way for him to do that at this point could be through making plays on special teams this season.
"First Team: Ezekiel Elliott, Pat Elflein, Joey Bosa, Vonn Bell. Second Team: Taylor Decker, Adolphus Washington, Darron Lee."
CBS Sports released its 2015 Preseason All-America teams, and four Ohio State players made the first team. That number, tied with Ole Miss, is the most of any other team. Running back Ezekiel Elliott, offensive guard Pat Elflein, defensive end Joey Bosa, and safety Vonn Bell made the cut among the players considered to be the best in the country. As the defending national champions, it's no surprise there were so many Buckeyes that made the list.
Ohio State also had three players make CBS Sports' All-American second-team. Offensive tackle Taylor Decker, defensive tackle Adolphus Washington, and linebacker Darron Lee, were all given the honor of making the preseason All-American second-team.
"Watch List: Taylor Decker, Braxton Miller, Joshua Perry, Tommy Schutt, Nick Vannett, Adolphus Washington."
Along the same line, the 2016 preseason watch list for the Reese's Senior Bowl was released on Tuesday, and it featured some household Ohio State players, including Taylor Decker, H-back Braxton Miller, linebacker Joshua Perry, defensive tackle Tommy Schutt, tight end Nick Vannett, and Adolphus Washington.
The list was quite extensive, but regardless, these seniors were among the players considered some of the best seniors in the country and could be included on the Senior Bowl rosters come season end. It will be interesting to see what Braxton Miller can do this season at his new position, and if he's successful, he might be able to use the Senior Bowl as another opportunity for NFL scouts to take a look at what he can do.
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