In NCAA football, no coach had so many problems dealing with their QB position like Urban Meyer did – and online bookmakers saw that it was not easy at all for him – but the Ohio State coach is confident that Cardale Jones will do what is needed when the team takes on the Oregon Ducks on Monday in the national championship meeting.
He didn’t even think about the rumors regarding a transfer of QB Braxton Miller.
“I do expect Braxton to return,” said the coach
Marcus Mariota is the only QB that worries him when it comes to the Ducks.
“Our No. 1 concern is their quarterback,” said Meyer. “I think he’s one of the finest that’s ever played the game, and that’s our biggest issue.”
Even though Jones’ performance in only two starts was very impressive, Meyer wasn’t really surprised at all by this. QB J.T. Barrett was the one who led the Buckeyes to a regular season that was proved to be perfect, but instead, Jones could have been the player to take Miller’s place.
“He actually won the job in the spring,” said Meyer. “Then August came over, summer training, and J.T. beat him out.
“Cardale has always had talent, but really something happened in the last couple months. Not many people on a grand stage like Cardale has and he pushed the restart and hit the right button, and that’s called selfless approach and a serious approach of how he handles business on and off the field.”
As Barrett left the meeting with the Michigan Wolverines due to injury, Ohio State just filled in their QB spot again. Online bookmakers saw Jones silence doubters who thought that the Buckeyes didn’t have a chance for a spot in the playoffs after the Big Ten Championship Game, and in the Sugar Bowl he was able to stun his coach and the world.
“Before the Alabama Wednesday practice, I remember him walking off the field again, look at Tom [Herman] and just saying, ‘my goodness, that’s one of the best practices I’ve ever seen a player have,'” said Meyer. “He’s got the keys to the car, and the way he handles his business is just extraordinary, the change he’s made in his approach to the game.
“That’s one of the greatest stories I’ve witnessed. Like I’ve told people, of all the things that my children learn in school, I want them to read about the case study of Cardale Jones because it’s a great one.”