Here's what Coach Schultz had to say about Jones.
Schultz: Zach was our captain this year and our leading point scorer on defense. We have a point system for causing turnovers, fumble recoveries, sacks and all that. He led us with 15 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He had an interception playing D-line on a zone blitz. He caused three fumbles and recovered three or four of them. I think he had 78 tackles as well.
He's got an excellent GPA; a good, solid individual. He did a bunch of community service for us. He's a role model kind of kid.
Q: What is it about him that made him effective?
Schultz: He's extremely explosive. As a freshmen he was playing running back. He's 6-foot-4 and 250 — that's what he played at (in 2004) — and he's got the speed of an outside receiver playing at D-end. That's what made him so successful playing on the D-line.
Q: He seems like a kid who's going to get bigger, too.
Schultz: Yeah, with his frame, a lot of college coaches think he's going to be about 275, 280 pounds by the time he gets to playing. He's probably going to be an inside lineman.
Q: Do you know why he chose Colorado?
Schultz: It was kind of a surprise to a lot of people. He went (to CU) for the big man camp and he just liked it. He liked the campus. He was looking at Oregon, and Wyoming. But he just enjoyed his visit with Coach Barnett. And we have two players there — Joe Klopfenstein and Ryan Walters. I think that might have had a lot to do a lot to do with it.