Jeshaun Jones had just about the best possible first collegiate game he could have possibly had Saturday. His three touchdowns on his first three touches is an unprecedented feat, and he sat down to talk about each one.
There’s not much actual “breakdown” of any X’s and O’s here, but it’s still nice to hear from the man himself.
The Washington Post interviewed Jones, Nicole Baran—his mom—and his high school coach Brian Conn to gain a little more perspective on his accomplishment and what it means. Baran had some motherly advice:
Before Jones stepped onto the bus, Baran took pictures with her son and congratulated him. Then she pulled him in tight.
“You’re about to blow up,” Baran told her son. “You keep your head on straight.”
Even with that talk, the weight of Jones’ day took a while to set in:
Baran didn’t feel the magnitude of her son’s accomplishment until she turned on the hotel TV at 5 a.m. Sunday. She couldn’t sleep after the game, so she clicked to ESPN. Jones’s second touchdown replayed on the screen, and his mom heard the commentator’s reaction: “Jeshaun Jones, welcome to college football!” Finally, she broke down and cried.
The Baltimore Sun also wrote a feature on Jones. Here’s Baran in that story:
“The kid dreamed of this very moment his entire life,” Baran said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “It was always, ‘When I play college.’ Not if I do. For him to come out of the gate like that, it was kind of like a clear intention on his part.”
And a bit more from The Post:
Jones’s debut begs a simple question: How do you top a performance like that? The rational answer is he might not. But that doesn’t negate the promise he showed.
“The good thing about J is he’s pretty levelheaded,” Conn said. “I think he realizes what he did is not common.”
Such an accomplishment will probably never happen again, or at least not for a long time. In that vein, it’s worth celebrating as much as we can now.
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We’re a few days late on this, but this column from The Post’s Jerry Brewer after the Texas game on Saturday is too good not to share.