Former Biloxi football star Tim Jones appears set to play a significant role for the Southern Miss offense the rest of the season.
The freshman receiver received significant during Saturday's 34-27 win at Louisiana Tech and made his first career catch in the second quarter. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound freshman pulled in a toss from Keon Howard and made his way up field for an 18-yard gainer with 12:24 left in the first half.
He finished the double-overtime with two receptions for 24 yards.
“Tim is one of those players. I remember talking about it in August and you're talking about a freshman talen,” USM head coach Jay Hopson said Monday. “Tim Jones is going to be a special, special football player at Southern Miss. He's big, he's fast. He's just a combination of everything you want in a wide receiver.”
USM offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson also had good things to say about Jones, who was getting more playing time due to an injury to fellow freshman Jaylond Adams.
“He's a young guy, but he played a lot of snaps Saturday, Dawson said. “He caught some balls and did some good things. He made some freshman mistakes like everybody does. The more we play him the better we're going to be in the future. He's going to be a special player – a great kid, got a great frame, good talent and good ball skills. He wants to be good, has a great mind for the game. We just need to keep putting him out there.”
Jones had 209 career receptions for 3,524 yards and 29 touchdowns at Biloxi.
Who: UAB vs. Southern Miss
When: 6 p.m., Saturday
Where: Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg
Radio: WBUV 104.9-FM