November 4, 2009
Jones shines on Halloween
Georgia Tech went trick or treating in Nashville for Halloween, and they came home with all of the candy. The Yellow Jackets' offense fired on all cylinders on their way to a season highs of 56 points, 404 yards rushing, and 597 total yards. Roddy Jones was a big part of the offense this weekend on his way to a season high of 81 yards rushing on nine carries to lead the team with an 8.9 yards per carry average.
According to Jones, "The A-backs have to be ready to play at all times because you never know when it's going to be your chance to shine."
Jones had big expectations coming into this season after rushing for 690 yards on only 81 carries last year as a red-shirt freshman. He also proved to be a valuable receiver with 155 receiving yards on only eight receptions. Jones was set back by a wrist injury throughout fall camp, which spilled over into the beginning of this season. He has missed two games so far this season, which has hampered his progress.
He remarked, "I've had the wrist injury and some other things that have slowed me down, but I am feeling good now."
Saturday, however, was a glimpse of the talent that Jones possesses when he is feeling 100 percent healthy. He is probably best known for his break out performance last year against timeless rival Georgia, when he ran for a career high of 214 yards and two touchdowns on only 13 carries. His memorable run down the sidelines to seal the victory, where he breaks two tackles on his way to a 54 yard touchdown run, will be forever ingrained in the memory of Tech fans. Jones showed this same characteristic toughness along the sidelines against Vandy by breaking tackles and driving his legs for additional yards.
Jones describes his running style by saying, "There's not much room out there on the edge so sometimes I've just got to get my pads low and hit the defender. I may be small, but I pride myself on being able to take on linebackers and get those extra yards after contact."
Despite the incredible offensive performance by the Yellow Jackets, Jones still feels like there are some loose ends that need to be tied. When asked about what the team still needs to improve moving forward, he responded, "We've got to work on special teams, but on offense specifically there are always things to fine tune such as blocking. We just want to just want to keep improving one game at a time."
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