Freshman RB Gets 1st Carry

Charlie Jones (5-11, 205) is a freshman running back from Homestead, Fla. Last year as a senior at South Dade High School he was one of the premier running backs in the country. He is one of three true freshman running backs on the team and received his first carry of his career last week against Wake Forest. He finished with five carries for 16 yards in the game.

Before receiving his first carry Charlie Jones was only used on special teams this season. It was good for him to be in the backfield and take a handoff. It was something he will always remember.

"It was like a dream come true," Jones said. "It felt like I was in a dream and I had to wake up and do what I had to do and what I have been doing."

Going up against Miami's first-team defense in practice each day helped prepare Jones for game situations. The defense is currently ranked 19th in the nation in scoring allowing 17.8 points per game.

"The game wasn't any different because on scout team going up against our defense—they are pretty fast," Jones said. "During the game was just like in practice."

Miami's top two running backs, Frank Gore and Tyrone Moss, have rushed for over 1,200 yards combined and Jones thinks highly of his teammates from South Florida.

"I have two great running backs in front of me and I just have to keep working hard," Jones said. "I got my chance to show what I can do on Saturday."

Currently Jones is battling with fellow freshman Andrew Johnson (Pittsburgh, PA) for snaps as the third-string tailback. Johnson has rushed for 41 yards on 16 carries this season. The two are roommates have developed a good relationship in their first year of college.

"We have a pretty good relationship and friendship," Jones said. "We talk about a lot of things, not just football."

During the fourth quarter of the Wake Forest game the team put together a long drive. Both Jones and Johnson received a number of carries and alternated carries inside the five-yard line as the team was trying to score a touchdown. Both players fought for tough yards, but it was Johnson who capped off the drive scoring his first career touchdown.

"I wanted to get that touchdown, but he got it instead," Jones said.

This year has been a learning experience for Jones, but he is making the most of it. He is a quiet individual who is doing what the coaches ask of him. Although he would like to have more carries there is something else on his mind about the way the season has gone.

"The season has been going pretty good although I wish we were playing for a national championship," Jones said. "I guess we just have to take what we can get. We will just come back in the spring and try to improve ourselves."

There are a lot of differences between high school and college football. Jones pointed out the biggest difference in his mind.

"Everybody is on the same level," Jones said. "In high school you can be the best player on the field. Here everyone is good."

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com.

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