Jones excited for future

Terris Jones was awarded a scholarship last week. Read on to see his reaction, how his transition to receiver has gone, and more.

Junior Terris Jones has put in plenty of work at Arizona in order to earn a scholarship and it paid off last week when it finally came.

"It felt great," Jones said of receiving the scholarship. "The first thing I did was call my mother. She was so proud of me. She started clapping on the phone and told my brothers.

"They were all excited for me. It was one of my goals and I accomplished it, but that does not mean I am going to stop working. It gave me more confidence."

There was no special announcement for Jones, as he was simply called into the coaches' office in order to receive the good news.

"It came as a surprise because they just came in the weight room and said they needed to talk to me," he said. "I'm thinking I am in trouble when my head coach and position coach need to talk to me, but they offered me the scholarship and it was a blessing."

Jones feels he earned the scholarship due in large part to the effort that he put out in every practice.

"I think I showed that I am a hard worker," he said. "This is my fourth year of eligibility. I have been a walk-on and that kept me hungry and they saw that in me. I was on scout team last year and I competed every day and they saw my ability."

This camp has been different for Jones because it is his first time playing receiver. Before this year, the 5-foot-7, 182-pound Jones played running back.

"I made the move to wide receiver in this camp," Jones said. "It has been pretty good. I had to learn the plays all over again, but I can't let them down. It is all competition and I am excited they are giving me a shot."

Rich Rodriguez has been consistent in saying that he gives equal opportunity to all his players and Jones now knows that to be true.

"Going back to when he gave me the scholarship, he told me about how he had to earn it and he finally got his shot, so I believed him when he told me I had a shot also," Jones said. "As long as I keep working hard and know the playbook, I am there for my team if they need somebody to step up."

Jones will get the first significant playing time of his career on Friday and although he will be nervous, he is still excited for the season opener.

"It hasn't sunk in yet," he said. "This will be my first night under the lights. Coach tells me, ‘Don't wet the bed, don't get all scared,' but I'm excited to have my family there and my teammates behind me. We are ready to go hard every play and get the win."


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