Jones Back After Productive Sophomore Season

When Tyrone Moss went down with an ACL injury during the second quarter of the Virginia Tech game, then-sophomore running back Charlie Jones suddenly became the primary running back.

All Jones did was carry the ball 24 times for 97-yards and score the Hurricanes' first touchdown in the 27-7 UM win.

Charlie Jones finished the season as a solid contributor ending with 507 yards and 5 touchdowns on the season.

Following the most disappointing season in recent history for the University of Miami, junior running back Charlie Jones believes there is a new focused attitude on the team.

"This year we have a lot more guys that are willing to lay everything on the line and win a national championship," Jones said. "Everybody is hungry and ready to win. We think about the University of Miami and the way it should be on the football field. Everybody is working and willing to win."

With Moss still recovering from his ACL surgery, Jones will get most of the repetitions with the first unit. Jones is excited to get to work with offensive coordinator Rich Olson this spring who will also be coaching the running backs.

"He is similar to Coach Soldinger both of them love to win," Jones said. "I think he is going to be a good coach and I am going to learn a lot from him. He said that all the running backs need to improve on their blocking. He wants me to improve my vision down the field once I pass the line of scrimmage."

In the Peach Bowl Jones ripped off a 42-yard run, his longest run of the season and a run that if Jones did not get caught from behind, would have been longer. This offseason, Jones wants to make improving his speed a priority.

"My goal the spring is to break some longer runs and show that I can block well," Jones said. "Right now I am weighing about 215-pounds and I think I want to stay around this weight."

Jones is one of three running backs from the class of 2004. During the spring of 2005, it was Derron Thomas who surprised the coaches and ended the spring the second running back on the depth chart. With Andrew Johnson back from ACL surgery and a fresh start with a new coach, the competition will be fierce. Jones talked about his teammates and friends.

"Andrew looks like he is getting over his ACL surgery he looks like he is getting his speed back. Derron is the same speedy little quick guy."

With all of the changes in the offense, Jones is excited about the changes that are in store for the Hurricanes. UM will have its first practice in pads and Jones can't wait for the football to begin.

"The offense is getting in the groove and doing everything right," Jones said. "The quarterback is connecting with the receivers. We haven't really gotten a good read on the offensive line yet because we haven't been in pads yet, but we will have an idea on Friday."

David Lake is a Staff Writer with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

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