JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Nine receptions for 118 yards, one score, and the biggest win in school history certainly can be cause of inflators for one's ego. However Andy Jones, a senior wide receiver for the Jacksonville Dolphins, refuses to be content with the results.
"It's really just staying humble. It was a pretty big game that we as a team put high on our schedule. We've got to stay humble and stick to what we set forth to do during camp and we should be successful throughout the rest of the year," said Jones.
In Jacksonville's 20-14 victory, Jones torched the Delaware defense on the first drive. It happened to be Jacksonville's lone offensive touchdown march, and began with Jones overcoming a false start penalty before the drive's first play. The drive, which spanned 14 plays and 90 yards, saw Jones haul in four receptions. Three of those, including a 22-yard touchdown catch, were on either third or fourth down.
"I got focused and we started to gel as an offense," said Jones. "It felt good to overcome the penalties and long downs."
Despite the gaudy numbers that the Clermont, Fla., native continued to produce, he felt that the final box score could have included more for Jacksonville.
"I felt like I left some yards on the field. It was a good team win, and Kade (Bell) and I really connected. My biggest goal for this week is for the mistakes Kade and I had last week to not happen this week and we get a win," said the senior wide receiver.
The humility breeds true from the perception of his teammates. Jones was voted the hardest working player on the team by each position group. He's hoped to instill the grinding desire in his younger receiving comrades.
"We catch some after practice and I show them different techniques. I'm a lead-by-example guy and I was happy with how we did as receivers in the game but we left some yards out there. It was good to see the younger receivers step up and didn't let the big stage get to them. I was pretty proud of that," said Jones.
For Jones, the work ethic comes from an understating of small beginnings as a football player.
"I remember where I came from. Back in high school, not playing and having someone start over me and things like that I feel that it's a blessing to have this opportunity," said Jones. "Why not take advantage of it? That's how I look at that. Moving forward I don't plan on slowing down and I want to work hard for my team."