What’s goin on?
We saw some uncharacteristic play at times from senior cornerback Byron Jones last year but like any good corner should he’s forgotten about it but the lessons have been learned – and they’re still being learned.
Let’s keep in mind Jones is a heck of a corner who will probably being playing on Sundays after this year but there’s always room for improvement even for the best of them.
“The cornerback position you can do very small things you can do wrong whether it’s the beginning of the route or the end of the route or not making a play on the ball,” said Jones, fourth on the team in tackles last year (60) and first in interceptions (three) said. “It comes down to small technique you need to master to be a good corner, to be a great corner.”
Does he think he’s mastering those now?
“Oh definitely, definitely,” said Jones, a Patrick Peterson (Cardinals outstanding corner) fan. “Receiver tendencies, understanding leverage, attacking the leverage what they may be doing after that, turning your head back, getting your eyes on the ball as soon as possible. A lot of things, always something to work on.”
Before UConn head coach Bob Diaco began talking about receiver Geremy Davis being one of the best in America at his position – there was Byron Jones. Diaco did not take long to go there with him.
“In terms of size, speed, quickness, athleticism quotient, you could put his numbers up against anyone in the country and anyone in the country that’s achieved over the last 10 years statistically. He’s big, real fast, crazy explosive, excellent change of direction, he can bend and twist and these are all things you’re going to see,” said Diaco, who was the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame when the Fighting Irish were playing for the national title two years ago.
Said Jones: “I think he saw the intensity I approached every practice with. It’s a very serious thing. Every practice is a chance to get better. My approach has shown I can be one of the best cornerbacks in the nation.”