“He’s very productive. You look at who’s the most productive on our team in rushes and receiving yards and things like that, you probably would say Perry Jones is that guy.”
— Coach Mike London
I’ll have to disagree with London on this one. You wouldn’t probably say junior tailback Perry Jones is Virginia’s most productive offensive weapon. You would have to say Jones is Virginia’s most productive offensive weapon.
Jones leads the team in all-purpose yards by 49, and he has not returned a punt or a kickoff this season. Take special teams yardage out of the equation, and Jones’s lead on his teammates grows to 102 yards.
You would not be able to say Jones has been Virginia’s most effective runner. That distinction belongs to redshirt freshman tailback Kevin Parks. But Jones serves as a nice, shifty compliment to Parks’s head-on style.
You also would not be able to say Jones has been the Cavaliers’ most dynamic receiver. Senior wide receiver Kris Burd owns that title, but not by a wide margin. Jones frequently has lined up out wide and has served as a comforting safety valve in the flat for sophomore quarterback Michael Rocco.
Jones ranks second on the team in rushing and receiving, but no other offensive skill position player has been as productive for the Cavaliers thus far. With Parks hobbled by a lingering ankle injury and the quarterback position unsettled between Rocco and true freshman David Watford, look for Jones’s production to remain crucial to the team’s offensive efficiency.
With that in mind, how do you think Virginia (2-2) will fare Saturday against Idaho (1-3) in its final nonconference game of the season? As always, please expand on your vote in the comments section below and/or feel free to send me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.