Freshman Anthony Jones is Ready for T.Y. Comparisons

Peter Holland Jr./ Contributing Writer

T.Y. Hilton was arguably the best football player to ever play for FIU. He set records, won ball games and attracted thousands of fans.

Now bring in true freshman wide receiver Anthony Jones; his name might have popped up here and there at FIU and just last week during the Panther’s scrimmage, he caught a one yard catch for touchdown from sophomore quarterback Alex McGough. Get used to hearing the name Jones, a former 3 star receiver out of Miami Central High School, a football powerhouse that is known to win championships and produce NFL talent. Not to mention he played with his older cousin Dalvin Cook, who is the star running back at FSU. Back at Central after his cousin left and passed it down to Jones, Jones led the Rockets with 1,004 rushing yards, 32 catches for 419 receiving yards, 1,218 All-Purpose yards, and 24 touchdowns his senior year. He played running back, wide receiver, return specialist and even showed his full versatility when he threw a touchdown pass. Jones led Miami Central High to a 13-1 record and  a state championship title. That’s the just the little things you might see from him this season. After he officially signed to FIU, The Miami native graduated early and enrolled last spring just to get a head start to his journey. “It has been a pleasure being at FIU, I’ve been here since December; enrolled early from high school and bonded with the players and coaches. They made it like home for me.” Jones said.

FIU Coaches  expected the true freshman to contribute in multiple ways on offense. We got a little taste  of what he can do during the spring game last semester. “They’re trying to give me the ball on the bubble, just come around on options and things like that. They would put me in the backfield sometimes, we just doing to get better as a team” Jones said.

So why is Jones the next Hilton? It’s not just because of his winning pedigree at Miami Central, or his 5’11 stature with breakaway speed nor is it the fact that he plays the same position as Hilton did. It’s simply because he has a humble heart that’s bought in to Head Coach Ron Turner’s system to bring back their winning ways and putting the team first.

“Its not really me, I just think we gonna have a big year.” Jones said. “We trying to turn this thing around, get it back like T.Y when he was here and much even better,” he then replied.

Opening game is around the corner and expect Jones to be all over field and make something out of nothing in his first year. In the end he just wants to win ball games like the rest of the team.

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