Five years ago Sunday, the Ohio State football team won the first-ever CFP National Championship Game over the Oregon Ducks. Now in 2020, where are the legendary quarterbacks of that team?
Monday night, the LSU Tigers — led by former Buckeye QB Joe Burrow — defeated the Clemson Tigers to win their first national championship since 2007 (against Ohio State). With that in mind, we take a glance back at the stars of the 2014 Ohio State national champions and where they are now, starting with the 3 quarterbacks.
QBs Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones
As an attendee of the championship celebration in Ohio Stadium on Jan. 24, 2015, a memory that stands out is seeing these three game changers sitting on the stage, smiling widely and soaking in the euphoria that comes with winning a championship.
Each player has experienced a winding road after their playing careers, but each was on an NFL roster as of the 2019 pre-season. Even though Braxton Miller never took a snap for the 2014 Buckeyes, he is forever ingrained into the minds of Buckeyes fans so I’ll start with him.
For Miller, after spending the 2015 season as a wide receiver at Ohio State and putting up good numbers (601 yards from scrimmage, 4 TDs and one video game-like spin move against Virginia Tech), he was drafted 85th overall by the Houston Texans.
Miller spent two seasons with the Texans (2016-17) and piled up 261 receiving yards and 2 TDs over both years. Like Barrett and Jones, he bounced around a few practice squads but never took another snap in the NFL.
Now for the two starting quarterbacks in 2014.