Position: Running Back
Size: 5-10, 200
High School: Spring HS
Hometown: Spring, Tex.
Xavier Jones was a three-star recruit coming out of Spring High School, where he helped the Lions to the regional finals in 2014.
He ran for 2,449 yards and 29 touchdowns his senior season while also catching 36 passes for 423 yards a two more touchdowns. He was names District 15-6A’s Offensive MVP. Jones chose SMU over Memphis.
Jones played in all 12 of SMU’s games in 2015 and made six starts. He rushed for 634 yards on 152 carries and crossed the goal line ten times—SMU record for most rushing touchdowns by a freshman.
He was also second on the team with 27 receptions and 214 yards. He also threw for 79 yards and two touchdowns.
He scored a total of 60 points for SMU to tie for second on the team.
You could say he had a good year.
Perhaps the only downside to Jones’ season was his inability—at times—to protect the football. This also wasn’t a Jones specific issue, Braeden West also had some fumble issues, but chalk that up to freshman mistakes and hope he and everyone else can secure the rock in 2016.
Jones has beefed up and is still as shifty as ever. He had no problem lowering the boom last season, but now with a little more weight behind it, he should be able to break through those arm tackles a little easier.
He’ll definitely have some help this year too so SMU will have plenty of opportunities to rest him and keep his legs fresh.
We’ve seen what Jones and West can do, now the Mustangs add some depth to their backfield with Aphonso Thomas and Jordan Caramouche.
Jones remains the star, but he should benefit from the different looks his supporting cast will bring to the table.
If SMU is to be successful in 2016, Jones will need to be as dangerous as he was a year ago. If he can do that, the Mustang will be alright.