BACK TO SCHOOL
The redshirt sophomore QB announced he'll return to Ohio State instead of entering the NFL draft. Jones started just three games, but one was the 42--20 victory over Oregon in the national title game.
DAN PATRICK:Who's the starting QB at Ohio State?
January 26, 2015
CARDALE JONES: I have no idea. No promises were made to me.
DP:Would you be surprised if J.T. Barrett was the starter?
CJ: It's going to be an open battle. Our coaches are going to put the team in the best position to win games.
DP:Was it possible to get any feedback from the NFL?
CJ: That's what made [my decision] so hard. We had a couple of reliable sources that we trusted.
DP:If you had two weeks, would your decision have been different?
CJ: Maybe. One of the things I've said before: Football is a tool to get a higher education.
DP:Did you ask Coach Meyer his opinion?
CJ: We talked about it. He gave me the pros and cons of staying and leaving. He did let me know that the NFL is in my future. Coach Meyer is a guy that I trust and believe. I trust him with my career as well. He didn't feel like I was ready for the NFL.
DP:How have things changed since your infamous 2012 comment claiming you don't play school?
CJ: Maturity. I never really felt that way. I tweeted that after receiving a B-plus on a sociology exam. My coaches understood. It was something dumb.
DP:Tougher defense: Oregon or Alabama?
CJ: I'll say Alabama. They were a little bigger, faster and more physical.
DP:Did either team talk trash?
CJ: Yeah, a couple guys.
CJ: Both. Number 33 for Oregon and number 26 for Alabama.
DP:What did they say?
CJ: Just trying to get in my head. Not too many things can get me out of my zone on the field.
DP:What if they said, "Hey, third string?"
CJ: I would have really made it personal if they'd said that.
DP:If I had told you that you were going to start at quarterback in the national title game, you'd win and that LeBron James would hug you afterward, what would you have said?
CJ: I probably would have called you a fool. The position that I was in and the position my team was in, I would have laughed.
DP:You overcame a difficult family situation growing up. Does that make your story any more special?
CJ: A lot of kids I grew up with are like me. For me to overcome some of those challenges—it's a great story, but it's not like I'm the first or will be the last.
DP:What do think when you look at your new baby, Chloe?
CJ: I just want to provide a better life for her than I've had. I don't want her to see half the things I did. I see hope.
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