And Jones has plenty of reasons to be grinning these days -- he's healthy and making plays for the Florida State Seminoles from his defensive end position.
"I am hoping he's going to be able to get himself in the mix," FSU defensive ends coach Jody Allen said.
"It looks like he is."
In last Saturday's scrimmage, for instance, Jones had an interception off a batted pass at the line of scrimmage and a sack. He looks quick, athletic and confident.
"I feel explosive and quick, just like my old self," said Jones, who has encountered knee injuries and a blown Achilles tendon at FSU.
An old/new Jones should be a good thing for FSU.
Jones also has developed into a better player, relying on technique as well as talent.
"Before,Willie was out there trying to make plays (on his own)," Allen said. "I've always liked Willie. It has been a pleasure to work with him because he's so hungry."