What in the world happened to Jordan Jones? Check a milk carton
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Question of the Day: Monday, May 14, 2018
It’s true Jordan Jones isn’t talked about nearly as much in the Chad Morris regime as he was in the Bret Bielema one. Not only is Jones brought up less often, he also isn’t as visible on the field. His spring game was modest, at best.
Unusual. Jones is maybe the fastest wide receiver on the roster. He doesn’t quite have Brandon Martin’s build as a prototype possession guy, but at 6-foot-1 and about 175 pounds, Jones’ size is good, too. Third on the team in catches in 2017, tied for second in touchdowns and the best yards-per-catch average, everything pointed to Jones taking a step forward under Morris, who is a fan of speed.
Hasn’t happened. In fact, freshman Michael Woods has overtaken Jones, it seems. He has when it comes to buzz. Woods is similarly built — 6-1, 180 pounds — and his spring game was what the anticipation Jones’ would be. As to whether Woods stays in front on the depth chart in the fall, remains to be seen.
Arkansas isn’t short on bodies out wide. Literally every wide receiver who caught a ball in 2017 returns in 2018. That includes Jared Cornelius, who caught just 5 balls in three games before being lost for the season. He’s the elder statesman. Off the top, this is what Arkansas’ depth chart might be at wide receiver right now, excluding Jones:
Jared Cornelius-Deon Stewart-La’Michael Pettway-Brandon Martin
Jonathan Nance-Michael Woods-De’Vion Warren-Koilan Jackson
Forget the order. It’s speculation. But where does Jones fit in there? This isn’t last year. It isn’t a Bielema offense. It’s Morris’. And spring showed us that Jones is closer to the back end of those charts than the front.
Whatever happens, it bears watching. It’s a story if Jones climbs back into things and it’s a story if he doesn’t. Someone with his skill set, though, eyeballs will be on him.