The junior has no problem dishing out that kind of praise to a freshman. After all, Jones is a self-described team guy.
"If we win, we win. That's all I'm about. I'm not that selfish-type of
guy," Jones said. "I'm the kind of guy that will put myself in the back
for our team's success. If that's what it takes for us to win, then that's
what it takes. Of course, I want to be successful myself."
And he tasted some success during Saturday's 14-13 win over N.C. State.
With Jaron Brown sidelined because an injury, Jones was pressed into a
starting spot. He filled in admirably, making a game-high six receptions
"I feel I played pretty well," Jones said. "I helped out a lot on
third-down. I did what I could do in situations. I felt like that was the
best I could possibly do, but there are still a lot of things for
The junior from Blythewood High School has 14 receptions this
season--which has doubled his career total to 28.
With three games left on the schedule, Hopkins leads all Clemson wide
receivers this season with 23. Brown and Bryce McNeal each have 18.
What was once an eight-man rotation has since been reduced four.
The current rotation continues to plug along.
"The thing coach Swinney said, he said we don't have to go out there and
be Superman. I feel like that's what we're trying to do--be something that
we're not," Jones said. "It's coming along now. We're playing our game,
doing what we've got to do--focusing on the little things."
Saturday was the third game this season that no Clemson wide receiver was
charged with a dropped pass. Three of those games have come in the Tigers'
last four outings.
Though Jones knows expectations come with the territory, he's glad the
wide receiver corps has begun taking steps towards easing some of the
"We know there's going to be a lot of speculation, a lot of talking. It's
just our job to prove ourselves. It's our job to go out there and do
what's necessary four our team to win," he said. "That's the most
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