The Ohio State Buckeyes were able to pull off a National Championship win last season with third-stringer Cardale Jones as the starting quarterback.
Jones has also been known for his social media engagement, especially on Twitter.
As the Buckeyes get back to starting their practices, Jones has announced that he will be taking a two week break from Twitter in order to be focused entirely on competing for the starting quarterback job.
He will be missed on Twitter, but this is the right move and it shows his growing maturity. Some schools actually have a mandatory social media break for the entire season, but Ohio State doesn’t have that. Jones is making this decision on his own, and understands that he needs to be distraction free to be at his best.
During the 2014 season with Ohio State, Jones ended up throwing for 860 yards, seven touchdowns and just two interceptions. He also picked up 296 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
There is no denying that he has the necessary skill-set to be an NCAA starting quarterback, but Barrett appears to be the front-runner at this point in time. Miller has already made a position switch to wide receiver, which leaves just the two younger quarterbacks vying for the spot. Jones knows that he has to play nearly perfect in practice to win the job, and he is going to do everything in his power to make sure that happens.
Expect this to be a very competitive situation between Barrett and Jones, and for Urban Meyer to have a very tough decision to make. Both players are more than capable of leading the Buckeyes to back-to-back championships, but only one can be named the starter to open the 2015 season against the Virginia Tech Hokies.
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