It would be easy for Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones to get a big head, after the way his career began last fall. In his first three career starts, Jones led Ohio State to Big Ten Championship, College Football Playoff semifinal, and 2015 National Championship wins, with the Buckeyes averaging 47.7 points along the way against some of the best teams in the sport. However, Ohio State still has Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett on the roster, and Jones is taking nothing for granted when it comes to the starting job.
ESPNhas more from Jones, who is staying impressively humble this summer.
"We as a team and me as an individual get a lot of praise for how well we did in those games, but I didn’t even grade out as a champion as far as coach’s standards," Jones said. "I haven’t proven anything yet. I haven’t proven anything to myself, my teammates, my coaches to label myself as a starter. That’s my opinion, my personal opinion.
"I’m kind of harder on myself than the coaches, but I was thrown into that position. I didn’t beat out J.T. [Barrett] going into the Michigan game. I didn’t beat out Braxton [Miller]. Unfortunately both guys got hurt, and luckily enough I was prepared to try to take advantage of the situation."
Jones still considers himself Ohio State's third string quarterback today.
"I’m working harder than ever. I understand that I want to be the starting quarterback of this team, but I know I have two guys in front of me who are working just as hard."
Jones made it clear that it wasn’t an accident putting Barrett and Miller ahead of him right now.
With Miller and Barrett coming off of injury, the starting job may fall to Jones by the time the season starts, but he seems to be doing and saying all the right things to earn it outright.