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tBBC Ohio State Buckeye Moments: Cardale Jones

Discussion in 'News' started by Joe Dexter, Apr 27, 2016.

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    Ohio State Buckeye Moments: Cardale Jones
    Joe Dexter
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
    Visit their fantastic blog and read the full article (and so much more) here

    The NFL Draft is right around the corner and over the next few days, the staff here at The Buckeye Battle Cry want to share with you our favorite Buckeye Moments from the draft eligible players leaving the Ohio State program.

    Today, we take a closer look at defensive tackle Cardale Jones, who finished his Buckeye career undefeated and as the first signal caller to win a national championship since Craig Krenzel. The Cleveland native heads into the NFL as one of the more intriguing NFL prospects and will go down in Ohio State history as one of the most beloved players in school history.

    Here are some top moments from the barrel of 12 Gauge’s career at Ohio State.

    October 10, 2015 — “A Career Day” vs. Maryland

    Say what you will about Cardale Jones as the starting quarterback in 2015, but you can’t take away from his career day against Maryland early in October. Even though Urban Meyer handed off the offense to J.T. Barrett in the red zone — Jones tossed for a career-high 291 yards and two touchdowns to set the tone for a then struggling offense. Cardale completed 21 of his 28 pass attempts — which also is a career high.

    September 7, 2015 — “The Revenge Game” vs. Virginia Tech

    Despite winning a national championship the year before, Ohio State had something to prove against Virginia Tech to open the season. The Buckeyes had revenge on their mind, after the Hokies embarrassed them at Ohio Stadium a year prior.

    Cardale Jones himself, had a ton to prove. He had been named the starter over J.T. Barrett and everyone wanted to respond to him being the leader of the offense. 12 Gauge set the tone from the get go — getting done on the ground and in the air. Jones rushed for 99 yards on 13 carries. He also completed 10 of his 19 pass attempts for 187 yards.

    January 1st, 2015 — “Being the Best, by Beating the Best” vs. Alabama in CFP Playoffs (Sugar Bowl)

    Primetime players step up in big games. Cardale Jones did that against Alabama. The stat line isn’t pretty, but when the Buckeyes needed big plays, their third-string quarterback was there to make things happen.

    His play with his legs and in the air on third down, when his team needed to move the chains, was legendary. From the two 3rd down completions to Jalin Marshall late in the second quarter, to the powerful runs that gave his team a chance to reset things and move down the field.

    153 of his 243 yards passing came on third down.

    In his second start of his collegiate career, Cardale Jones was tough as nails.

    January 12, 2015 — “Outdoing Mariota” vs. Oregon in the CFP National Championship

    They couldn’t win without Braxton Miller at quarterback. Cardale Jones had two great games, but the Buckeyes will not be able to beat the Oregon Ducks without J.T. Barrett. On that January night, Cardale Jones didn’t have to be superman. He already had a super hero in the backfield named Ezekiel Elliott.

    Yet it was Jones that helped set the tone for the Buckeyes throughout the biggest game for Ohio State in the Urban Meyer era.

    The signal caller that Urban Meyer once questioned as a long-term member of the program, orchestrated one of the best offensive performances in school history. 16/23 for 242 yards will never tell the story of how a third-string quarterback was given the keys to Tom Herman’s offense. It won’t fill the pages of the narrative us fans tell our children and grandchildren.

    We’ll remember the powerful runs that softened the Duck defensive line. We’ll brag about Cleveland’s Finest — responding to an early turnover by taking full control of his team’s destiny.

    Marcus Mariota left the field as a Heisman Trophy winner. Cardale Jones left as an enshrined legend in the pantheon of Ohio State gridiron history.

    December 6th, 2014 — “The whole state of Ohio is Counting on Cardale Jones” vs. Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship

    The third string quarterback was asked to not only beat the 11th best defense in the country, but do it in convincing fashion, with a trip to the College Football Playoff on the line. The man they call 12 gauge delivered a slug of epic proportion — going 12/17 for 259 yards and three touchdowns. The B1G Championship MVP forever locked his place in Buckeye history with this performance. After defeating Wisconsin 59-0, the Buckeyes continued their run against Alabama and Oregon.

    With Cardale Jones as their leader at the line of scrimmage, in three of the best postseason performances in college football history.

    What are your favorite Cardale Jones moments? Share your thoughts below and stay tuned for more in the Ohio State Moments series throughout the week leading to the NFL Draft.

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