Jones looks to prove critics wrong

Two years ago he was being touted as a big part of the future for the Kentucky football team. This year, no one was even sure if he would be academically or physically able to play. However, Micah Jones is back on the Kentucky football team and insists he's intent on showing everyone why he was such a high-profile recruit coming out of Mayfield.

Two years ago he was being touted as a big part of the future for the Kentucky football team. This year, no one was even sure if he would be academically or physically able to play. However, Micah Jones is back on the Kentucky football team and insists he's intent on showing everyone why he was such a high-profile recruit coming out of Mayfield.

"I had my back against the wall, but I pulled it out in the class room and the weight room. I am glad to be back. Everything is squared away academically and is fine," Jones said.

He played in nine games as a true freshman in 2004, including a start against Alabama. That was the type of expectations many had for him when he picked UK over Tennessee and Auburn. However, he was hampered by a knee injury in 2005 and redshirted. Then academic woes hit and it looked likely that he might transfer, or even give up football.

"I never thought football would be over. I always had other things to do and possibly other schools to go to," said Jones, a sophomore guard. "But Kentucky is where I want to be. At times I was down and thought to myself that maybe I should make a change last year. But I talked to my mom and high school coach. They helped me. It was a hard year for me with the injury and school. I put it all on my shoulders. It was my fault. I apologize to UK fans and to a lot of people for not doing better than I did last year."

Now he's recovered from the disc problem in his back that slowed him once his knee healed. He also insists not playing in games last year won't be a problem. One reason is because he's intent on proving to those who wrote him off that he can be a factor at Kentucky.

"People are saying that I am done and other things like that. Some are saying I'm a flop or something worse than that," Jones said. "I don't want for people to feel like I am bragging because I have no room to do that right now. But I want to show what I can do. I know I can do it. Others on the team know that, too. The coaches have been great at showing me love. I just have to use my ability and let everyone see that I am no flop and that I truly want to be at Kentucky."


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