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Ohio State quarterback Jones to leave early for NFL

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones has announced he will skip his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.

Jones told reporters his decision Wednesday as the seventh-ranked Buckeyes prepare to play No. 8 Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on Friday.

Jones was Ohio State's third-string quarterback last season before bursting onto the scene, leading the Buckeyes to a national title after injuries to Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett.

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The junior began this season as Ohio State's starter before being replaced by Barrett after seven games due to inconsistent play. Jones threw for 1,460 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions.

Mobile at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Jones could be an intriguing early-round pick in the draft.