Jones 'humbled' by redshirt season

By GEOFF STOUTE

gstoute@daily-review.com

Former Patterson High School football player Kiyan Jones said taking a spot on the sideline during his true freshman season at the University of Arkansas-Monticello "humbled" him.

Jones, who had played at both Patterson High School and Acadiana High School during its 2010 Class 5A championship run, said in addition to getting bigger, faster and stronger, he made sure his academics were in order during the year away from live action.

On the practice field, he said he helped prepare Arkansas-Monticello’s first-team offense for their opponent each week by working on defense.

“At the end of the day, it (redshirt) was good for me, and it was good for the program because it’s all about building the program,” he said. “And that’s what I had to learn.”

As part of that program this year, Jones said he is No. 2 on the depth chart as a coverage corner.

He said his friend Michael Early, who also hails from Louisiana, holds down the No. 1 spot at his position.

“I learn a lot from him,” Jones said.

The Patterson alum said when it is his time to step on the field, he will do whatever he can to help the team.

Arkansas-Monticello enters this season on a 10-game losing streak

After winning their 2012 opener, the squad dropped its next 10 games to end the season, something Jones said was tough to endure.

At fall camp, Jones said the team “found some guys that could help the program.”

As for his goals for this season, Jones said he would like to have a good season, win games and enjoy himself.

Arkansas-Monticello’s football program is led by former Central Catholic High School head football coach Hud Jackson.

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