Thursday, August 21, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 9 Days

#9 Reshad Jones, FS
6-2, 205, Atlanta GA (Booker T. Washington HS), RS Soph.
One of a handful of 5-star recruits that Mark Richt has accumulated during his time in Athens, Jones came to Athens as a wiry but lethal safety prospect, that has since become a machine who mostly carries bad intentions with him all over the field. After choosing UGA over just about every college in the country, Jones reported to school and promptly took a redshirt to make sure he got himself up to the proper weight to survive as a safety in the SEC. After gaining about 30 lb, he started 2 games in his redshirt freshman season, but was very productive as a backup with 57 tackles, many of them bone-jarring. He has a nastiness that can't be taught, keeping in the legacy of the great UGA safeties of the past few years (Jermaine Phillips, Sean Jones, Thomas Davis, Greg Blue.) Jones is also a fine bowler.
Depth Chart Analysis: Jones is the starter at free safety, and I expect to see him have a breakout season, perhaps even an All-SEC season. Compared to the great UGA safeties I mentioned above, Jones has a great opportunity to be the best of that group, which is saying something. If you had to find one area he needed to improve, it would be in pass coverage (much like Davis and Blue early in their careers at UGA.) He gets a little lost at times and has shown some trouble making plays on the ball (see '07 WLOCP on Tebow's TD pass to Louis Murphy.) That will no doubt improve with time. One thing you can expect are some highlight reel hits. That is a given.


Anonymous said...

Jones will hopefully reach Sean Jones potential this year.

Reshad is actually known more for his ball skills than his hard hitting...he just didnt turn his damn head around on that Teblow pass.

I expect 5-8 ints this year.

JJ said...

His problems in pass coverage are probably more attributed to still needing to get familiar with SEC offensive schemes early in his career. I know that when he flies in to make a tackle, he does it with the same force I used to notice with TD and Blue early in their careers. He definitely seems to be a little more polished on fundamentals than they both were.

Bop said...

If he lives up to his potential, he could be the next Ed Reed. That's big expectations I know, but 9 can become special. I look for him to have 2 plus defensive scores.