USC Football: Jack Jones still part of plan for offense in 2017

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Jack Jones remains part of USC Football’s plans on offense for the coming season, though the cornerback remains focused on defense and special teams.

Cornerback Jack Jones hasn’t worn a cardinal offensive jersey during practice in 2017. He hasn’t seen time at wide receiver. He even changed his number to that of running back Ronald Jones II, limiting his ability to come into the game on offense.

Still, he remains part of the offensive game plan for USC Football in 2017, according to head coach Clay Helton.

“I know Tee will use him at some point in time, not giving away specific game plan stuff, but he’ll be used at some point in time,” Helton said.

At this point, USC has not needed Jones on offense, with a crowded group at wide receiver. However, injuries in that unit this week have highlight how quickly that picture could change.

With Michael Pittman and Velus Jones both sitting out on Wednesday with leg injuries, the Trojans’ depth at receiver took a noticeable hit. Still, reinforcements aren’t necessary just yet.

“If we get a couple more injuries at wide out, he may have to come over for a couple plays,” Helton said.

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Injuries and necessity aside, the talented athlete who is “so dynamic with the ball in his hands,” according to Helton, could give USC another element on offense in the same way Adoree’ Jackson added something special when he jumped in on offense.

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Jones brings a similar skill set to the table, making it easy to see exactly how he could be utilized if he does see the field as a receiver in 2017.

For now though, Jones says he’s not thinking about whether or not he’ll get a chance on offense.

“That’s not a question for me to answer, but I’m just focused on defense,” Jones said, adding special teams to his list of duties for the upcoming season.

Mastering the cornerback position will come first for Jones. Then lighting up the field as a returner, which is something he feels he can be the “best to do it in college football.”

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From there, it now appears that offense is still on the table, however far in the distance.