So far so good for Jones

CLEMSON – Marquan Jones has experienced success in small doses during his two-year Clemson career.

The junior from Columbia had five catches for 37 yards as a freshman and nine catches for 176 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore.

Jones spent most of his first two seasons watching and learning from Jacoby Ford and Tyler Grisham. It's his turn now that both have moved on to careers in the NFL.

After Monday morning's first two-a-day practice, head coach Dabo Swinney credited Jones as one of the receivers that stood out in the morning session.

"He's smarter. He's hungry. He's worked very hard. He knows that this is his time, if he's going to become the player we all want him to be and recruited him to be," Swinney said. "His time is now. His opportunity is now. He sees that."

And he does.

"I'm playing well. I'm catching the ball real well," Jones said. "We've got a competition going, so everybody is out there stepping it up to the next level.

"I'm just playing fast, doing what I have to do—being coachable. It's helping me out."

He's maintained his spot among the starting wide receivers, though there's a steady rotation with redshirt freshman Bryce McNeal and freshman Joe Craig.

Jones said all three work and compete with one another.

"They're still on my team. We're all competing. It's fun to compete with your teammates," he said. "It's fun to have somebody that makes you work hard. You don't get complacent, because you feel like you have that spot. It'll get taken away from you, anytime, any day."

Jones credited that drive to what he's picked up from Ford, Grisham and Aaron Kelly.

"I learned from the best and now it's about that time to put it into play," Jones said. "It's an outstanding feeling to have that. I just want to help my team to the best of my ability."

The head coach has taken notice after the first six days of practice.

"I'm real proud of how he's working and what he's been doing so far in practice," Swinney said.

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