“He will be out at practice and they need a scout team punt returner, he’ll go out and he’ll be that guy because he wants to give the representative look to the cover team,” London said. “A lot of times, I’ve had to pull him out of practice and tell him to get out of there, but he wants to give a look.”
Few Cavaliers have received more help from Jones‘ multifaceted ways than quarterback Michael Rocco, who won the starting quarterback job last season as a sophomore.
The combination of Jones‘ steady rushing (5.0 yards a carry), reliable receiving and an eagerness to serve as a three-down back provided valuable assistance for Rocco as he gradually adjusted to the college game.
“If people only knew the person he was off the field, it’d be even more special to hear about,” Rocco said. “They call him Superman for a reason. He’s just a great person, and what he gives us on the football field is incredible as well.”
Thanks to his multidimensional play, those contributions aren’t likely to dip in his final season at Virginia. Maybe there will even be a reprise of his touchdown toss this fall.
“It’s definitely a good thing to have,” Jones said of his versatility. “I prided myself on it my entire career. I’m most proud of it because it gives our team a better chance of winning ballgames. I’m pretty confident in my abilities. Whatever coaches need me to do, I’m ready.”