Meyer: Jones wasn't fundamentally sound
It was a career day from a yardage standpoint for Cardale Jones, but it could’ve been an even bigger day for the Ohio State quarterback.
The under-thrown deep balls, Meyer said in his press conference on Monday, prevented Jones from a monster afternoon.
“Fundamentally, he wasn’t sound,” Meyer said of Jones’ deep-ball throws. “The weight transfer from front to south, he was dragging that back leg. Tim Beck will work with him. J.T. (Barrett) under-threw one, too.”
Execution from the junior quarterback wasn’t at the level Meyer was looking for. Even the first touchdown pass of the game to Michael Thomas was under-thrown. Jones did throw a perfect strike to a streaking Jalin Marshall for his second touchdown pass of the day.
But the inability to consistently get it to Thomas and Marshall in-stride, Meyer said, held Jones back.
“That’s a 518-yard day if you hit those,” Meyer said.
He did say that Jones’ accuracy on deep balls were fixable, and that if it were an issue with receivers getting off the ball, then that would suggest a bigger recruiting problem.
Jones’ two-minute drills, however, were a different story. He was 6-of-7 for 63 yards in the final two minutes of the first half, and he connected with five different players. The drive didn’t result in points, but Meyer was much more impressed with Jones’ ability to step into throws on that drive.
“Some of those were just rocket shots,” Meyer said.
Jones will look to fire up the offense when the Buckeyes travel to Bloomington to take on 4-0 Indiana. Ohio State opened as a 19.5-point favorite.