Jones excited for big stage

Cayleb Jones is excited to be playing on the big stage. Read on for his thoughts on Friday's game, facing Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, and more.

When discussing his aspirations upon arriving at Arizona, Cayleb Jones has no issues being honest.

"I didn't imagine myself being here or the team being here," Jones said. "It is a great story and we are excited to play another game.

"I think in football you have to know anything can happen and you have to be prepared to play on the big stage any day. We have set ourself up to play on the ultimate stage and we just have to perform well on Friday."

A good portion of Jones' success and the overall success of the offense has been because of the play of quarterback Anu Solomon.

"He is a winner," Jones said. "He won in high school and that’s what he said to our offense. He said he doesn’t want to lose games and he is going to bust his butt to do whatever it takes to win.

"The kid’s a player. He has taken a lot of shots this year, so we want to protect him and go into this game and play well and execute."

Being able to execute won't be easy for Jones, as he is going against one of the best corners in the country in Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

"Ifo is an All-American and a great corner," Jones said. "They have a lot of great guys on that defense. Their speed and quickness, just be prepared for that.

"A lot of those guys have played for multiple years, so they are very smart players. We have to get mentally prepared and know when to counter when they attack us with something."

Arizona's receivers have come a long way since the first meeting and much of that is due to the opposing defenses.

"We have developed, specifically as receivers, physically and running better routes and better technique," Jones said.

"You play a lot of teams that play press man and different things, so we have to run the ball more and we have developed more as an overall offense. It has been good for us."

It's no secret that Arizona will be the underdog on Friday, but Jones has no issues with that.

"It doesn’t put pressure on us, it puts pressure on them," he said. "It’s nothing new to us. It’s another game.

"This game you can win a ring at the end of it and go on to bigger and better things. This is an incredible stage for us and we are blessed to be here."

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