Bosa, Decker, Elliott, Lee, Jones, and Washington all named to Sporting News’ Preseason All-American teams. http://t.co/BTG04wHvR0— Eleven Warriors (@11W) June 16, 2015
Rather than declare for the NFL draft after leading the Buckeyes to a national title and becoming a NCAA betting sensation, Ohio State’s backup quarterback Cardale Jones surprisingly opted to return to school and compete for a starting role in the team. The decision to stay in school means that Jones will be fighting against former two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Braxton Miller (who was set to be the starter in 2014, but suffered a season-ending injury in August) and redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett, who beat Jones to the starting role last year after Miller’s injury. Barrett went on to have a solid run, going 11-1 as a starter before breaking his ankle in the regular-season finale against Michigan, which then paved the way for Jones to take over in the playoffs and lead Ohio State to the national championship.