During his time as the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Urban Meyer coached several talented, iconic, and record-breaking quarterbacks. But five years after leaving the Buckeyes, he thinks that one of his former Buckeye quarterbacks stands out from the rest.
During his appearance on his Urban’s Take with Tim May podcast, Urban Meyer said that he thinks Cardale Jones “should be in every history book” after leading Ohio State to the 2014 national championship.
“You go down in history books, Cardale Jones should be in every history book,” Meyer said on the podcast, according to On3. “It’s the greatest three-game run, arguably, in Ohio State, maybe in college football history. When you think about what happened, two Heisman candidates and Heisman Trophy winner (go down with injuries), and that guy goes in his first start and wins three games.
“All three of them were underdogs, 59-0 (over Wisconsin), beats Alabama, beats (Oregon). So I’m very biased. I always have been, but Cardale Jones, there should be something around that university for what he did to step up and play the way he did.”
Jones began preparations for that 2014 season as the team’s third-string quarterback behind Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett. But after injuries to both quarterbacks, Jones was thrust into the role and promptly led Ohio State to wins over Wisconsin, Alabama, and Oregon to claim the first-ever College Football Playoff title.
It’s certainly quite a legacy.