Friday, January 16, 2015

Former Cleveland schools student and OSU quarterback Cardale Jones leads Buckeyes to win national college football championship over the Oregon Ducks, Jones passes on opportunity to enter NFL draft to stay in college

Ohio State University Quarterback Cardale Jones
By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog, Tel: (216) 659-0473 Kathy Wray Coleman is  a community activist, educator, and 21-year investigative journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio.  ( / (

Arlington, Texas-Former Cleveland Glenville High School student and the Ohio State University Quarterback Cardale Jones led his team to a 42-20 victory over Oregon State Monday night at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas to win the national college football championship. (Editor's note: Jones passed on an opportunity to enter the NFL draft this year and said that his priority is to graduate from college. The 6'5 250 pound Jones is in his sophomore year at OSU).

The Buckeyes defeated #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide 42-35 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl to advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship against the Oregon Ducks.

Against the Ducks, and for the national championship win, Jones recorded 280 all-purpose yards, completed 16 of 23 attempted passes for 242 yards and one touchdown, and scored on a one-yard run.  

"I'm happy for Cardale and I'm glad that Ohio State won the national championship ," said Cleveland Ward 6 Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell.

Ohio State University Quarterback Cardale Jones
Mitchell said that the Cleveland Municipal School District has been turning out talent in sports and academically for a long time, and that it is exceptionally gratifying to know that Jones is a product of Cleveland schools. 
Ohio State University Head Football Coach Urban Meyer
With Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota as its quarterback, the Ducks were favored to beat the Buckeyes Monday night in the arena where the Dallas Cowboys play. But fate, and obviously talent, brought home a win for the team and its head coach, Urban Meyer, 50.

Meyer won his third national title as a head coach, the other two wins of which came at Florida,  one in 2006, and the other in 2008.

Glenville High School
Head Football Coach Ted Ginn Sr.
Jones attended Glenville High School in ClevelandOhio, where he played football for Ted Ginn, Sr., leading the Tarblooders to the OHSAA D-I Championship game in 2009.[1] He enrolled in Ohio State in 2012 and entered the 2014 season as a red shirt sophomore . Initially a third stringer, Jones made his first real start of his college career last year in the Big Ten Championship Game and led the #6 (AP) ranked Buckeyes squad to a 59-0 victory over the #11 ranked Wisconsin Badgers] Jones was named MVP of the game. He started two more times thereafter, the last time during Monday's championship title game.

Councilwoman Mitchell said that Jones is smart and played it cool on the sidelines at OSU until it was time for him to shine.

"When he was third string he was watching and studying and that is what makes a great athlete," said Mitchell.
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