Jeffrey Jones was recruited by the Gophers as a four-star running back recruit from Minneapolis Washburn, but the freshman has transitioned to wide receiver full-time this fall after working at both receiver and running back in the spring. Here's what the Gophers starting quarterback had to say about Jones this past spring. “He’s looking real good, and I think all the defensive backs agree,” Quarterback Mitch Leidner said. “He runs some of the best routes on the team, and he’s relatively raw. He catches the ball real well.”
Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill was quick to point out what Jones' position would start as for the Gophers this fall in his opening press conference last week.
"Jeff will be starting out at wide receiver,” Gophers coach Jerry Kill said on August 4th. “He can also do things in the backfield if needed. He’s talented to do both, but we’ll see how all that goes. He’s done good in the class. Now we have to see how is work habits are going to be.”
Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys was asked in the spring on 2015 about who was standing out to him thus far and Julian Huff, a true freshman linebacker, was one of the first names out of his mouth.
"Julian Huff, the young linebacker, that kid loves football, Claeys said. "He'll get after you. I've been really pleased with him. He's got a lot to learn, but the one thing is you don't have to tell him to go sic 'em. He'll go get 'em. I've been really pleased with the way those two (Ace Rogers as well) new kids have transitioned."
GopherDigest.com's Ryan Burns discusses their emergence with Scout's Jonathan Kahn.