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Cardale Jones will return to Ohio State

In just three career starts, Jones led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten Title, Sugar Bowl victory and first ever College Football Playoff National Championship (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Jeremy Rauch) In just three career starts, Jones led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten Title, Sugar Bowl victory and first ever College Football Playoff National Championship (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Jeremy Rauch)
CLEVELAND, OH (FOX19) -

In a made-for-TV national announcement, Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones announced he will return to school next season.

“My decision was very simple,” said Jones. “Football, to me, has always been a stepping stone to my education. One of the most important things for me was to graduate.”

In just three career starts, Jones led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten Title, Sugar Bowl victory and first ever College Football Playoff National Championship. Jones threw for a combined 742 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in those three games. He also rushed for a touchdown in the national title.

The Buckeyes will return what could be three Heisman hopefuls at quarterback in 2015 with Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones.

Jones was asked if Urban Meyer had a conversation with him about who would start. “He didn't' make any promises,” said Jones.

ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper projected Jones as a second to fourth round pick in the NFL draft. Jones said he did not ask the NFL for an extension in his decision making.

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