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Cardale Jones Weighs In On Ohio State's Starting QB Competition

A closeup of Cardale Jones in his Ohio State football helmet.

PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 24: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during warmups before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Ohio State's football program is holding a pretty big starting quarterback competition this spring. It's not the first time the Buckeyes have had a high-stakes QB competition under Urban Meyer.

A couple of seasons ago, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett battled for the starting QB job. Jones ended up winning it, though Barrett ended up getting some starts, too.

This spring, three players - Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell - are going after the job.

Jones was at Ohio State's pro day earlier this week. He gave his thoughts on the battle.

The former Ohio State quarterback thinks it's down to two players.

“I’ve thrown a couple times with both those guys, I kind of caught the beginning of the first practice and I’ve just been around watching a little bit,” Jones said, via Land of 10. “Dwayne is a bigger guy who can kill you in the pocket and down the field, and he can run when he needs to run. Definitely there are some comparisons there. But Joe is almost damn-near identical, and he’s freaking pinpoint with his accuracy and stuff like that.

“Both Dwayne and Joe are kind of lighting it up right now. Both of them are learning from each other’s mistakes, and you can tell because for the most part they both get reps with the ones and twos. I’m looking forward to the battle, because you’ve got two great quarterbacks who, in my opinion, are pretty much the same player.”

Urban Meyer has said that Haskins and Burrow are neck and neck in the race. He also said to not count out Martell.

A decision could be made later this spring. Burrow is a potential transfer candidate if he doesn't win the job and Ohio State's coaches have said he deserves some clarity on the situation so he can make a decision.