Vols Gerald Jones Poised To Run
One on one with highly touted Tennessee receiver Gerald Jones.
By: BE Coleman
Saying Tennessee wide receiver Gerald Jones is eager for his senior campaign to begin is an understatement.
What wasn’t an understatement was Jones noting the severity of the way his former coach left the program in January.
Jones admittedly recanted he was comfortably watching Nickelodeon when Texas Tech receiver Tremain Swindall phoned him to inform him Lane Kiffin was bolting. “I just really did not respect the way he left,” says Jones.
Moving forward seven months finds the Volunteers versatile Oklahoma City native is very comfortable with his third coach in three years. Jones says he does not feel like he is in his fourth year.
“I feel like a freshman,” said Jones. Learning a new offense is like learning the next year’s material of any ongoing education process.
It's something that you hear football players often complain about, yet never finds a Biology Major eager to take the next step - not wishing to move forward. But Jones is different.
Unlike many players, “I catch on to (learning) offenses really well,” says the Vols big play receiver. “I understand its purpose and I can learn it, you can ask anyone.”
Without a question, Jones will be one of the better suited players to make the next level transition step after working with four offensive play books during college. He hopes to expand – perhaps reinstall - one piece of his legacy at Tennessee.
To G-Gun or not is something the gifted speedster hopes will be back in the playbook and implemented after it was shelved last season - under another coach’s line of thinking.
The last time Jones was under center for the Big Orange saw him burst off left side untouched for a breezy 55 yard gallop against Kentucky, to salvage a bit of the credo of another former coach in 2008.
Jones said the Gun was part of the player’s off season workouts. “In July we worked on it for about two weeks. It didn’t go real well because the coaches couldn’t be out there,” with us per NCAA regulations noted Jones.
The vivacious senior thinks he will be called upon in 2010 to take some direct snaps.
“I think we’re kinda leaning toward doing it,” says Jones. “If I had to guess - hmm, I would say (there’s) a 45% chance of (seeing) the G-Gun.”
As far as passing the football, Jones jokingly says he “takes it out of the oven now and again to (throwing arm) warm it up.”
Jones says he is ready to roll out one final campaign in Knoxville. He would like to help the program return the Vols namage back into national attention talk. As a freshman he helped the team to an Eastern Division Title in ’07 and last 10 win season.
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