If Thursday was any indication of what role Jones will play in this year's offense, he should be optimistic.
"Khalil Jones made four or five big catches," Randy Shannon said. "It brought the offense back around."
At a program that's been spoiled with big time playmakers on offense through the years, the Hurricanes have struggled to come up with a lot of big plays in recent years. Often times, it's just waiting and doing the right things before something big happens. Shannon touched on that.
"I keep telling them they have to stay focused because somebody's going to hit a big play," he said. "Then it got spun around. I keep emphasizing that no matter what happens in a game, you're going to have some down time. If you stay calm and keep fighting, somebody is going to come up with a big play."
Jones isn't the only guy on the offense who is capable of coming up with the big play. There are plenty of those and it's just a matter of whether or not they'll be put in position to make those plays.
"We have the athletes on this team to do it, but we have to keep everyone focused on doing it," he said.
The Hurricanes are hoping the addition of offensive coordinator Patrick Nix will help them utilize more of the playmakers, like Jones, on the offensive side of the football.