Jones: "It's A Positive Vibe"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Safety Hakim Jones showed flashes of talent and success during his redshirt sophomore campaign.

Safety Hakim Jones showed flashes of talent and success during his redshirt sophomore campaign.

Now, Jones is looking to take his game to the next level, especially through the spring and the rest of the offseason.

"It's going really well," said Jones of the spring practices so far. "The intensity is a lot higher than it's ever been. Everybody is flying around and feels very comfortable with the system. There's a lot of energy and is a lot of fun."

With Head Coach Dave Doeren bringing a new high tempo spread offense, the relatively young Wolfpack team has learned that in order to be successful sooner rather than later, learning and thriving within the game is a must. Jones feels he has done just that.

"I'm a lot more comfortable now that I know the system a whole lot better. Everything is second nature now. I can react to the system much better," said Jones. "It helps myself at defense to be able to do that now."

With young and fresh talent coming into the Wolfpack's "1Pack1Goal" mentality, Hakim Jones, who checks in at 6'2" and 198 pounds, feels that him and fellow team Josh Jones, a redshirt freshman, have a lot of athleticism to offer as defensive backs coming into the 2014 season.

"We're long and big, so that's a huge upside. We cover a lot of field and can do a lot of things, so that should be a real positive."

Not only does Jones see talent and athleticism within fellow teammate Josh Jones, but other young Wolfpack teammates have caught Hakim Jones's eye.

"Honestly I feel like Pharoah (McKever) and even B.J. Hill who came in this summer are doing very well. They just come out of nowhere sometimes and hit whoever has got the ball. Pharoah has great length and speed, and B.J. having just come here this summer... their intensity has really surprised me."

Looking forward to the 2014 Kay Yow Spring Game, Jones and the other teammates are thrilled to see the Wolfpack honoring former quarterback Russell Wilson.

"It means a lot that players come back here and work with us, talk with us, and want to be a positive influence on us. Even guys like Earl (Wolff) and Dontae (Johnson) come back here, it makes it known that those guys really loved playing here, and it makes us want to be here even more than we already do.

"It's a positive vibe."

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