Charlie Jones Reflects on 1st Start

Charlie Jones rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries last week against Wake Forest in his first career start. Jones has rushed for 187 yards in the last two games since the injury to Tyrone Moss.

"I always knew that I could produce," Jones said. "It is just the way I have conditioned and I never had any doubts in myself."

Charlie Jones has reviewed the game film on his performance against Wake Forest on Saturday.

"Looking at film I probably have to pick up my feet more and try to hit the hole more explosive," Jones said.

Picking up his feet will allow him to gain extra yards as opposed to getting tripped up by defenders.

"Overall, I think I had a pretty good game," Jones said. "I received pretty good scoring and grades on my performance. I think I did pretty good."

The Hurricanes defeated Wake Forest 47-17 and racked up 515 yards of total offense--their second highest of the season. It was a balanced attack that kept the Demon Deacons in a struggle.

"Our running game is pretty effective when our passing game is going well also," Jones said. "When we put them both together our offense is pretty good."

Heading into the game, Jones knew he was going to be the starter and prepared for it.

"Every day in practice I looked at it like I was in a game situation," Jones said. "I don't take any plays off. I give it my all every chance I have to get the ball. I have also been working on my pass protection."

Jones scored two touchdowns in the game, giving him a good feeling when he heads to the sidelines after the score.

"It feels pretty good," Jones said. "When I come to the sidelines everyone is greeting me and giving me high-fives. But I am just exhausted and I try to get to the bench."

Starting for the Hurricanes has been something Jones has been working hard towards. Although he is happy with the starting role, he didn't want it to be because of an injury.

"It is a great opportunity for me," Jones said. "I hate to see Tyrone go down the way he did. All I can do is try to take advantage of this chance. We are trying to take things one game at a time."

Quarterback Kyle Wright has guided the Hurricanes to an 8-1 record in his first year as a starter. He has showed good leadership throughout the season.

"Kyle is a good offensive leader," Jones said. "He is someone that you can go to and talk to if you have some problems. He is a very outgoing guy."

Another valuable asset to the offense is fullback Quadtrine Hill. On the season Hill has rushed for 127 yards on 16 carries and has caught 17 passes for 161 yards. He has scored two touchdowns on the season as well as provided steady blocking.

"He has helped me a lot," Jones said. "There are times when I run through a hole that he blocked for me. He will tell me to watch for certain things or certain defenses."

Jones has grown to accept his role on the team and is ready to face Georgia Tech on Saturday.

"i feel like I am the person the offense is depending on to move the ball up and down the field," Jones said. "I feel like I need to prepare myself for each game. I just feel I can't let anyone down."

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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