MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–When Reuben Jones transferred to West Virginia, it was an opportunity for new beginnings and he is making the most of it.
Against James Madison, Jones had two solo tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss. In addition to the stats, he brought an energy to the defense, which is something the redshirt senior has done from the get go.
“The first day Reuben came, he just wanted to get work in, didn’t want to skip breaks, kept on working,” defensive lineman Darius Stills said. “I noticed that since the first day he came and he’s our main battery to our defense. He keeps the energy going. He’s the hardest worker on the defense and we feed off his energy.”
The pickup was just what the Mountaineers needed. Jones not only added a veteran presence in the locker room but he’s been a steal on the field.
“He’s been a great take for us for what he’s done in our room and how he’s played,” WVU head coach Neal Brown said. “
For the Michigan grad transfer, coming to Morgantown was the right choice and he wants to go out and help his team in any fashion.
“They are playing me at defensive end right now and I just feel like they play me sparingly how they want to play me,” Jones said. “I just go out and do what’s asked and they expect me to be a big effort guy so I just go out there and do what I got to do.”
Despite being a newcomer, Jones has been focused on working hard to be ready come game time and make the most of his opportunity with the Mountaineers.
“I’m working out,” he said. “I’m just fast-paced trying to get through it, do it the best way I can. Recovery. When it comes to meetings, I’m taking notes and doing everything I got to do just because as a grad transfer, you don’t really get that much time. I got one year so I just got to take advantage of the opportunity that I have the most I can because I don’t get another chance. “
His effort has earned the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder the trust of his coaches and instilled credence in them.
“I’m just happy that the coaches trust me enough to go out there and execute what I needed to do so I felt good,” Jones said. “I felt confident when I went out. I trust my teammates, trust the coaching that they were going to put me in a position to be successful. I feel pretty good, pretty excited.”
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS