Ohio State QB Cardale Jones: Press conference 'wasn't my idea'
On Thursday at Ginn Academy in Cleveland, after posting a message on Twitter about a soon-to-be-announced "Life changing decision," Jones said that he would remain with the Buckeyes instead of declaring for the NFL Draft.
"It was very simple for me. NFL, after three games, would be pushing it," Jones said.
The sophomore drew some criticism for the manner in which he made his announcement, but said on Friday that it wasn't his decision to hold the news conference.
"One, me personally, it wasn't my idea," Jones said on ESPN radio. "You know, holding a press conference and all eyes on me and me being the center of attention -- I'm not that type of guy, period. You know, that wasn't something I put together, but I thought it wasn't a big deal."
Jones entered training camp third on Ohio State's quarterback depth chart but became the starter after Braxton Miller underwent shoulder surgery in August and J.T. Barrett fractured his ankle in a November win over Michigan.
Barrett told SI.com that he is returning to Ohio State next season and that he doesn't think Miller is leaving.