Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb tweeted Thursday afternoon that Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones should return to school in 2015.
Jones, who started the 2014 college football season as Ohio State's third-string quarterback, is set to announce whether he will enter the NFL draft on Thursday afternoon. Jones led the Buckeyes to a national championship earlier this week, following up wins over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship and Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal with a victory over Oregon in the title game.
McNabb said he thought Jones would benefit from another year in school.
With the decision ahead of us from Cardale Jones, I hope his decision will be to go back to school to improve on my game. We seem to loose— Donovan McNabb (@donovanjmcnabb) January 15, 2015
Focus on getting your degree, and preparing for plan B of your life. Football will always be there. And if you are projected 3-4th round you— Donovan McNabb (@donovanjmcnabb) January 15, 2015
Can improve your stock next year. Don't get caught up in the hoopla and cloud your judgement. You control your own destiny and future.— Donovan McNabb (@donovanjmcnabb) January 15, 2015
You must understand if u are projected 3rd or 4th round you might not get drafted till the 5th-6th round. Theres no patience in the NFL.— Donovan McNabb (@donovanjmcnabb) January 15, 2015
Jones was thrust into the Buckeyes' starting lineup after quarterback J.T. Barrett sustained a leg injury against Michigan, knocking him out for the rest of the season. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, who was projected as a Heisman Trophy candidate before the season, sustained a season-ending shoulder injury during the preseason.
Jones finished the 2014 season with 860 passing yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions.
McNabb, who played at Syracuse before being drafted with the No. 2 pick in the 1999 NFL draft, was a six-time Pro Bowler in 13 NFL seasons, 11 of which came with the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Stanley Kay