The wide receiver position at Tennessee is certainly not hurting for talent. The Tennessee coaching staff has added yet another piece to that puzzle with walk-on junior college reciever Antonio Jones.
Jones, the teammate and godfather of Vols signee Maurice Couch's newborn daughter, will take a walk-on spot to play the X and Z positions (receiver and possibly tight end). We caught up with 6'4" receiver to see how it feels to be a Volunteer for this week's edition of Cody's Corner.
What made you want to walk-on at Tennessee?
Maurice told me about how much the program is a family, how Dooley is like a family. I wanted to be next to Mo (Couch) and I love to being apart of the family.
How is Coach [Darin] Hinshaw?
I haven't met any of the coaches yet, but I talked to him over the phone and I feel he's a real good coach who loves competition.
What is your opinion of Maurice?
He's a real good teammate and leader. He does a very good job.
What goals do you want to achieve at Tennessee?
I want to become a better player and become a go to guy for Tyler Bray.
Do you think you'll be able to achieve playing time early?
I have faith that I'll be able to and I know in my heart that I can play. I think I'm a big play maker, and I go for it all. I think I can crack the rotation.
Who would you compare yourself or your game to?
I think I play like Andre and Calvin Johnson (Houston Texans and Detroit Lions WRs). They are both big and fast and go get the ball.
What is your 40 time as of now?
Right now, I'm a consistent 4.4 guy. That 4.39 was just on a good day. It was just one of those days. I felt real good about myself.
What was the reason for the redshirt last year and how did you learn from watching?
It was medical. I hurt my shoulder last season. The redshirt taught me a whole lot about football. I visualized myself doing it on field from watching on the sidelines. I think it has helped and made me a better player.
What mark do you want to leave at Tennessee?
I want people to say that I was a dependable guy and did things off the field. I want to leave a good reputation.