Cardale Jones just can’t seem to catch a break. The Ohio State Buckeyes’ signal caller had a nice bounce-back game against Western Michigan on Saturday, completing 19 of 33 passes for 288 yards, two touchdowns and an interception as well as 32 yards on the ground, but coach Urban Meyer said at his weekly press conference that Jones did not look “fundamentally sound” despite an overall improvement.
Multiple reporters posted Meyer’s exact comments on Twitter.
Urban Meyer on Cardale Jones "Fundamentally he wasn't sound, but he had one of his better days throwing underneath."
— Anthony Rothman (@AnthonyRothman) September 28, 2015
Meyer on Cardale Jones under-throwing deep throws: "Fundamentally, he wasn't sound. The weight transfer from back to front, dragging his leg
— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) September 28, 2015
Meyer says Cardale wasn't sound fundamentally at times against WMU. At least 6 balls under thrown–
— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) September 28, 2015
"That's a 518-yard day if you hit those." – Urban Meyer on Cardale Jones' underthrown balls.
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 28, 2015
Jones does not appear to be in danger of losing the starter’s job to J.T. Barrett after a stronger performance against the Broncos, and just why Meyer said what he said is kind of a mystery. He could have just been expressing his opinion because he was asked about it, maybe he’s being nitpicky about Jones’ performance, or maybe he’s just trying to further motivate the 6-foot-5, 250 pound tank of an individual he has playing quarterback for his team.
Needless to say, the Jones that fans fell in love with during last year’s march to a national championship appears to be back in form, and the Buckeyes remain at the top of the rankings.
Jones will need to be in top form this weekend when Ohio State travels to Bloomington to take on their undefeated Big Ten rival Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
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