Arizona State vs. Colorado: RB Tony Jones might be more involved in passing game

Doug Pensinger - Getty Images

Sophomore running back Tony Jones has only carried the ball 30 times this season, but could see plenty of looks in the passing game on Thursday against the Sun Devils.

Unable to retain the starting role he earned heading into the season, Colorado Buffaloes tailback Tony Jones could be in store for a larger share of touches on Thursday in his team's key Pac-12 game against Arizona State.

Jones, who was bumped from Colorado's No. 1 tailback spot by talented freshman Christian Powell in Week 2, may be called upon to start on Thursday as Powell continues to nurse a hip injury. Though Powell appears to be in the good graces of head coach Jon Embree at the moment and would likely receive first-team reps the instant he suits up, the 5'7, 190-pound Jones appears on the verge of playing his way back into the rotation.

Hopeful that his 84-yard touchdown run against Washington State will continue to remind coaches of his playmaking ability, Jones told Brian Howell of Buffzone.com that he remains fully confident his talent will continue to shine through over the course of the season.

"I'm working my way back up," Jones said. " ... Whatever they want me to do, I'm going to get out there and just try to make it happen. I'm just trying to win some games, man."

Asked about what type of role Jones might have if Powell indeed plays, Embree was not willing to rule out splitting his tailback out at receiver in certain situations to keep both players on the field. "He runs good routes, he has good natural hands," Embree said. "He doesn't flinch when the ball comes at him."

The short week should make it hard for Powell to be close to 100 percent by kickoff on Thursday, so all signs point to Jones being granted an ideal chance to show his stuff this week. With the Sun Devils out to an impressive 4-1 start, however, the Buffaloes may need every bit of both Powell and Jones in order to keep things close.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Denver

You must be a member of SB Nation Denver to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Denver. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Denver

You must be a member of SB Nation Denver to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Denver. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.