October 13, 2009

Jones making most of opportunities

Playing behind Jamar Chaney at middle linebacker, sophomore Jamie Jones knew his opportunities on defense would be limited this season.

So in his first meeting with Dan Mullen over the winter Jones told his new head coach he wanted an opportunity to start on every special teams unit. That desire came to fruition as Jones has become a starter on the punt team, punt block team, kickoff return and kickoff teams.

"The season is going pretty good," Jones said. "I'm trying to get some more reps in on defense. I'm trying to do everything the coaches need me to do. I'm taking my part in it right now playing pretty much on every special teams trying to help my teammates win games."

Jones has played in five games this season making five tackles and recovering two fumbles. He even had a chance to return a kickoff against Georgia Tech but called for a fair catch.

"I did want to run that back," Jones said. "I remember when we were in the huddle coach told me that if it was a sky kick for me just to fair catch it. I thought about my high school days when I used to return kicks and I did want to take off with it but I would've probably got into some trouble."

The six-foot, 240-pounder has not spent much time on defense this season due to the return of Chaney in the middle. But Jones stated that he has learned a lot from all the starting linebackers about what it takes to play in this league.

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