Slimmer, faster Jones ready for opener against UK

Former Kentucky Mr. Football Montrell Jones is slimmer and faster than he was as a member of the team last year and is poised to take the field for the University of Louisville's September 5 opener against the team he once verbally committed.

Meet the new and improved Montrell Jones.

Jones, a talented wide receiver from Male High School, said he's slimmed down and gotten faster since transferring to Louisville last year from the University of Tennessee.

At 6-foot, Jones is currently battling junior Broderick Clark and others for the opportunity to start the season opener against the University of Kentucky, a game the former Mr. Kentucky football has eagerly awaited since sitting out last season because of NCAA transfer rules.

"I'm just trying to do whatever I can to help the team," Jones said. "And coach wants me to return punts, so that's something I'm looking forward to also."

Jones, who weighed 205-pounds last season while playing on the U of L scout team, said he's closer to his ideal playing weight right now and figures to be a major factor for a U of L offense that finished fifth nationally last season.

"I slimmed down from about 199-pounds [in the spring] to about 190 [now]," Jones said. "I've lost about three or four percent body fat and I feel faster than I did last year. So I'm back at my ideal playing weight."

"I'm ready to go," Jones continued. "My body feels good and I'm healthy. Septmeber 5 is the date."

Jones, who committed to Kentucky prior to the start of his senior season at Male High, said he never seriously considered U of L until he left Tennessee following his sophomore season in Knoxville.

"I never really knew much about Louisville football until I started evaluating schools through my second recruiting process," Jones said. "Coming out of high school, I committed early to Kentucky because Hal Mumme's offense reminded me of the one Coach Redman ran at Male. It's unfortunate how things went down up there."

Jones said maturity and time have helped him understand better the situation that led to Mumme's departure in Lexington and resulted in NCAA probation and a one-year bowl ban for the Wildcats.

"As a high school kid, I really didn't understand it," Jones said of the investigation into Mumme's program that eventaully led him to sign with rival Tennessee. "But as I got older and became more mature, I realized that [college football] is a business and sometimes those problems come along with it."

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