Through the first two games this fall, however, Jones has caught five balls for a mere 45 yards. Moreover, he failed to bring down a high (but catchable) third-down pass in the first quarter last weekend vs. Marshall, then dropped a perfectly thrown 44-yard touchdown bomb in the third quarter of the same game.
You have to wonder: Why is the guy who was so sure-handed last spring dropping balls this fall?
A possible explanation: Jones has seen considerable action at safety and on special teams this fall, so fatigue may be partly responsible for the uncharacteristic drops. Receiver coach Pat Washington isn't sure that's the proper explanation, however.
''I hope not because he catches the ball well,'' Washington said recently. ''For him to drop a ball, it had to be a concentration thing. He probably just lost focus for a split-second.''