Greg Jones Q&A

Over the course of his four year Seminole career, running back Greg Jones was known for his uncanny ability to run through defenders. Perhaps the incident that epitomized his playing style was the now infamous "Mr. Potato Head" hit that he laid on then North Carolina safety Dexter Reid in 2003.

The hit -- which got its curious nickname from Lorenzo Booker because of the way Reid's helmet and the pads inside of his helmet went flying into the air after he was run over -- will forever go down as one of the most memorable athlete-specific moments in FSU football history.

After he was drafted with the 55th overall selection in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jones' amazing physical strength and versatility allowed him to split time between running back and fullback as a rookie. He finished his first season with 62 rushes for 162 yards and three touchdowns and started three games.

Renegade recently caught up Jones to get his thoughts on the upcoming NFL season and what he thinks about the amazing talent that Florida State currently has at his former position with the team.

Renegade Report: How is NFL life treating you?

Greg Jones: It's treating me alright. I can't complain at all because it's a dream come true to be doing what I am doing.


R: What have you been up to this summer?

GJ: I have just been training and getting ready for the season. We have had some time off before training camp starts so I figured I would come here (to Florida State) and hang out with some old friends and work out with the guys here a few times.

RR: What are you expecting in your second season with the Jaguars?

GJ: I expect the team to be real good this year. I think we are going to surprise some people and make it to the playoffs and do some big things when we get there. Personally, I want this season to be my breakout season. I just want to go out there and put up good numbers and show everyone what I can do. I got to play some last year and hopefully I can build off that.

RR: What do you think about the talented depth chart at running back that FSU now has at your old position?

GJ: I think we are real deep. We've got two backs that have been here since I was here and Leon (Washington) and Lorenzo (Booker) that are going to have big years, and then you got a bunch of real good young guys that are going to help out. I have been hearing about and now I got to watch the guy from Pahokee (freshman Antone Smith). He is gonna be real good too.

RR: Some people say that having so many talented backs can almost be a bad thing because everyone has to share carries and it's hard to get in a rhythm. You had to share carries quite a bit your senior year with Washington and Booker, so do you think that having too many guys there can hinder your ability?

GJ: I think it depends on what type of back you are. If you are a scat-back type player, than you can score at any time. If you are a bigger guy sometimes it's a little harder to find a rhythm but I think that this team has enough different styles of backs, that it shouldn't be a problem at all.

RR: What do you think about the competition at quarterback between Xavier Lee and Drew Weatherford? GJ: Well, I haven't got to see either of them play yet but I know they are going to be good. If you come to FSU, you did some great things when you were in high school so I have no doubt about them getting the job done. Whoever wins the starting job will have earned it.

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