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Ohio State QB Cardale Jones Will Return To The Buckeyes For Another Season

The NFL can wait for Cardale Jones. 

The Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback announced Thursday afternoon at a press conference at the Ginn Academy in Cleveland, Ohio, that he will be returning to the Buckeyes for another season. 

"My decision was very simple," Jones said. "I'm going to return next year for school." 

Jones, 22, was projected by ESPN's Mel Kiper to be a second-to-fourth round pick if he had declared for the NFL Draft. 

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Cleveland native played in high school at Glenville High (Cleveland) before taking a prep year at Fork Union Academy (Virginia). He redshirted his first season at Ohio State and served as the third-string quarterback for the Buckeyes in 2013. Jones entered this past season behind Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett on the depth chart, but after injuries to both quarterbacks, he took over starting duties. 

In three games against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon, Jones led Ohio State to three victories, throwing for 742 yards and five touchdowns, rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown. 

Urban Meyer will have quite a quarterback competition on his hands this summer.