Owls receiver Jones making most of second chance

Last season, Joe Jones saw his playing time dip significantly due to his souring attitude. The wide receiver wasn’t interested in blocking assignments; instead he just wanted the ball.

“I wanted to be the guy catching the ball and making plays,” said Jones.

Temple's Joe Jones runs for yards against Toledo Saturday afternoon. (photo by DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer)

When Steve Addazio was named head coach this offseason, Jones said he received a clean slate. And the senior delivered. In an offense that doesn’t rely heavily on passing the football, Jones’ 196 yards are second among wide-outs and his two receiving touchdowns are tops on the team.

And his attitude? That seems to have improved even greater than his production.

“We’ve been running the ball a lot,” said Jones. “I’m just trying to do whatever it takes to get Bernard into the end zone.”

Entering his freshman season, Jones ruptured his Achilles tendon in a non-contact training camp drill. He received surgery and redshirted his freshman year. Along with the physical rehabilitation; Jones said it took him about a full-season to recover mentally from the injury.

“I don’t really think about it anymore,” said Jones. “I’m going out there playing fast and preparing. It makes it easier.”

Pierce Honored

On Tuesday, running back Bernard Pierce was named the Offensive Player of the Week by the ECAC. The junior rushed for two scores and 152 yards on Saturday as the Owls shutout visiting Buffalo, 34-0. Pierce’s 17 rushing touchdowns leads the nation, while his 844 total rushing yards ranks him fifth.