|Teric Jones (#14)|
Weight: 195 lbs.
High school: Cass Tech High School in Detroit, MI
Position: Running back
Jersey number: #14
Last year: I said Jones would be a backup safety and special teams contributor. He was buried on the depth chart at running back (3 carries, 7 yards) and played special teams.
Jones is aiming for the first annual James Rogers Award, given to a Michigan player who has no clue what position he'll play from year to year. He entered college in 2009 as a slot receiver, moved to cornerback shortly into his freshman season, switched to safety in spring 2010, then played running back once the season began. He suffered a serious knee injury in the Illinois game and missed the rest of the 2010 campaign, as well as spring practice in April.
I presume that Jones will still be playing running back, although his availability is unclear. Considering the fact that Vincent Smith returned from his own serious knee injury suffered in the 2009 Ohio State game by the following September, I can only assume that Jones will be ready to play again in 2011. However, Jones hasn't done anything particularly special at any position, and there's no reason to expect that he'll push for playing time if healthy. Whether it's as a running back, cornerback, or safety, Jones' best bet for getting on the field would be on special teams.
Prediction: Special teams contributor and backup running back; 1 carry for 3 yards