Ohio State's Cardale Jones arrives at Ohio Stadium before a game against Northern Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at Ohio Stadium. David Jablonski/Staff
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Photo: HANDOUT/David Jablonski/Staff

Ohio State national championship QB Cardale Jones joining XFL

The XFL draft kicked off Tuesday with a name very familiar to Ohio State fans. 

Cardale Jones was among eight quarterbacks assigned to a team in the league’s second incarnation, which is set to begin play February. 

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Jones, who famously came off the bench to lead Ohio State to the 2014 national championship after Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett were injured, will be a member of the DC Defenders. 

Dwayne Haskins, a rookie for the NFL’s Washington Redskins and Ohio State’s record-setting quarterback of last season, welcomed Jones to the nation’s capital with a tweet after the announcement. 

The Buffalo Bills drafted Jones in the third round in 2016, and he spent one season with the team. He was on the Charges practice squad the past two years then briefly a member of the Seahawks practice squad last month. 

He has played in one NFL game, completing 6 of 11 passes for 96 yards with an interception in the 2016 season finale. 

The other quarterbacks assigned to teams in the XFL are Landry Jones (Dallas Renegades), Phillip Walker (Houston Roughnecks), Luis Perez (Los Angeles Wildcats), Matt McGloin (New York Guardians), Jordan Tam (St. Louis BattleHawks), Aaron Murray (Tampa Bay Vipers) and Brandon Silvers (Seattle Dragons). 

Jones will be joined on the defenders by former teammate Chase Farris, an offensive lineman who was also drafted by the team.

Other Buckeyes in the pool of players announced by the league earlier this week are Christian Bryant, Damon Webb, Brionte Dunn, Robert Rose, Tracy Sprinkle, Doran Grant and Dante Booker. 

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