As a young wide receiver entering your first season as a starter, all you can really hope for is an opportunity to make plays and stability and reliability in the form of man throwing you the football. Corey Jones, the junior to be at the University of Toledo made plenty of plays in his first season as a starter in 2014, despite the quarterback position proving to be anything but stable. The 2014 season would see the Rockets forced suit up four different starting quarterbacks, after injuries to opening day starter Phillip Ely and backup Logan Woodside.
Despite the obstacles faced at the QB position, Jones, the Pittsburgh, PA native out of Penn Hills High School excelled for the midnight blue and gold in 2014. The then sophomore would haul in a team leading 68 receptions for 842 yards and was selected as an All-MAC Second-Team Team performer.
Jones' blend of shiftiness and speed helped to account for five touchdowns last season, including four scoring strikes of over 40 yards. Four times during the 2014 season Jones went over 100 yards receiving in a game, including 12 catches/118 yards at Iowa State.
In 2015 look for Jones to continue his development as a true play maker for the Rockets not just as a wide receiver, but also through touches in the rushing attack as well as the primary punt returner. This diverse skill-set led Jones to be named to the 2015 Paul Hornung Award Watch List, an award given annually to major college football's most versatile player.
Jones, along with senior wide receiver Alonzo Russell should combine to form one of the most dangerous receiving duos in the conference. Russell, has pulled in over 160 passes for 19 touchdowns during his first three seasons as a Rocket and both players will provided plenty of big play potential for whomever is lined up behind center.
Jones demonstrated a knack to make big plays throughout the 2014 season that should continue into the 2015 campaign. With increased stability at the quarterback position, look for Corey Jones to be once again be a focal point for the University of Toledo on the offensive side of the ball.