Cardale rule: Why the OSU QB made right call staying in school

01/19/15 by Matthew S. Vandriak

Winning your conference championship game. Upsetting the #1 team in the country. Winning the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship. I don't think there could be a better way for a quarterback to end his college football career. Except maybe when those 3 games are the only 3 games he's ever started. And that's why Cardale Jones decision not to go to the NFL is the right one.
When the 2014 season started, Jones was the 3rd string quarterback on the Ohio State roster. Heisman Trophy hopeful Braxton Miller was the starter. When he suffered a season ending injury before the start of the season, J.T. Barrett took over under center and led the Buckeyes to a 12 and 1 regular season. Then he got hurt in the season finale against Michigan. So in came Jones, and the rest is now history.
For whatever reason, some "experts" thought that Jones would and should turn pro. Because of his size and arm strength, some felt he may have been as high as a 2nd round draft pick. It was said that Jones should have cashed in while he could, because there is no guarantee he'll even start at Ohio State in 2015 since both Miller and Barrett will be back as well. So the feeling there is Jones draft stock may never be higher than it is right now.

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I can't fault a guy for not going to the NFL after starting just 3 games in college. Think about that he's played 12 quarters of Division I football. Sure he has the size, his arm looks good, and for being 6'5 and weighing 235lbs, he sure looked pretty nimble on the field too. Those same things were said about JaMarcus Russell too. You remember him right? Was 21 and 4 as a starter at LSU. MVP of the 2007 Sugar Bowl. Decided to come out after his junior season. First overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft. And lasted a whole 3 seasons in the NFL before he was released after putting up a 7 and 18 record in those 3 seasons while throwing 23 interceptions and 18 touchdowns. Some have said Russell is the biggest draft bust in NFL history.
So why would Cardale Jones want to be known as another bust? Another guy who has "potential" but surely isn't ready for the NFL. He obviously feels that way himself. If he doesn't win the starting job at Ohio State in the spring, he still has one more year of eligibility left and Miller graduates after this season. If things don't go the way he wants to, he could always transfer as well. Sit out a year and have one more year to play Division One football, or immediately play at a lower level school.
Instead of falling for the false belief he could play in the NFL. Instead of biting on the potential of how much money he possibly could make. Instead of doing something he felt he wasn't ready for, Cardale Jones did what he felt was right for him. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. As a matter of fact, I applaud him for doing what he thought was right, not what anyone else thought. Congratulations Cardale Jones, you made the right decision.

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