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Cardale Jones says he's still Buckeyes' third-string QB


Cardale Jones says he's still Buckeyes' third-string QB

Winning a national championship doesn't vault you to the top of a depth chart, at least that's what Cardale Jones thinks.

The Ohio State quarterback who stepped in for an injured J.T. Barrett — who stepped in for an injured Braxton Miller — and won three straight postseason games to lead the Buckeyes to a College Football Playoff national title told in a story published Wednesday that he hasn't proven anything yet when it comes to his credentials for the hotly contested starting quarterback job in Columbus.

"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 told's Austin Ward. "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. going into the Michigan game. I didn’t beat out Braxton. Unfortunately both guys got hurt, and luckily enough I was prepared to try to take advantage of the situation."

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Many would disagree with Jones' statement that he didn't prove anything. If anything, he proved a whole lot about just how good the Ohio State quarterbacks are, that he could step in on short notice and do what he did in the team's three biggest games of the season. In wins over Wisconsin (Big Ten title game), Alabama (Sugar Bowl) and Oregon (national title game), Jones threw for a combined 742 yards and five touchdowns, rushing for another 90 yards and a touchdown. He dropped jaws with mile-long touchdown passes. He popped eyes with a bruising running style as he bowled over SEC linebackers. The guy is 6-foot-5, 250 pounds after all.

But a little humility certainly isn't a bad thing, especially considering that only one guy is going to win this job and that the other two's credentials are just as good, if not better, than those of Jones. Miller is a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, a two-time finisher in the top 10 of voting for the Heisman Trophy. His record as a starter is 22-2. Barrett, though, upstaged Miller while getting his first taste of college football last season as a redshirt freshman. He broke a bunch of program and conference records — many of which previously belonged to Miller — led the Buckeyes to an 11-1 regular-season record and finished fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy.

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All three guys could probably start on pretty much any other team in America. This team will have just one starter. And though many think Jones should be the guy after what he did this past winter, Jones obviously thinks he still has some work to do.

"I’m working harder than ever," he told "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."

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.