2010 Countdown: #45 Teric Jones

2010 Countdown: #45 Teric Jones


July 20, 2010


Name: Teric Jones
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 194 lbs.
High school: Cass Technical High School in Detroit, MI
Position: Bandit
Class: Sophomore
Jersey number: #14
Last year: I ranked Jones #76 and said he’d redshirt. Jones played some cornerback and special teams, making 7 tackles altogether.

Last year I thought Jones would redshirt. He came to Michigan after being recruited as a running back or slot receiver, but with the shortage of cornerbacks, he immediately started getting reps on defense. He played cornerback against lesser opponents Eastern Michigan and Delaware State, and he contributed on kickoff coverage, making 7 total tackles. Ideally, he would have redshirted in 2009, but Jones played admirably in a tough situation.

Now he’s a sophomore and has changed positions once again. Jones moved to bandit in the spring, which is a strong safety-type position. He’ll be backing up probable starter Jordan Kovacs and competing with players such as Brandin Hawthorne, Vlad Emilien, and incoming freshman Marvin Robinson for playing time. I don’t expect that he’ll challenge for a starting position, but he’s an adequate backup and could move back to corner if any injuries occur. The best thing Jones has going for him is excellent speed, as he almost chased down Roy Roundtree during the spring game. He’s also a pretty tenacious hitter for such a small player.

Prediction for 2010: Backup bandit, special teams coverage

5 comments

  1. Comments: 21633
    Anonymous
    Jul 20, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Isn't he a little small for safety, and don't we have a shortage of decent quarterbacks and an abundance of LB/S hybrid candidates?

  2. Comments: 21633
    Jul 20, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    He's kind of small for safety…but he's also small for corner. He's just small.

    We do have a shortage of decent cornerbacks (I'm assuming you meant cornerbacks, not quarterbacks), but three freshmen are joining practice in August – Christian, Avery, Talbott. That gives us 7 corners on the roster. Furthermore, Jones gives us speed at bandit that the other potential players there don't have (Kovacs, Hawthorne, etc.). He might be an option if we're facing a lethal spread attack that has some downfield threats.

  3. Comments: 21633
    Anonymous
    Jul 21, 2010 at 1:55 AM

    "he might be an option if we're facing a lethal spread attack that has some downfield threats"

    such as notre dame(judging from ur schedule, theyre best candidate)?

    -horn

  4. Comments: 21633
    Jul 21, 2010 at 4:04 AM

    @ horn

    I don't think Jones WILL be used much against Notre Dame, but yeah, if a team is throwing the ball all over the field, Jones could be an option against the Irish.

  5. Comments: 21633
    Jul 21, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    The position switches don't bode well. I don't mean to be too negative, but T. Jones looked horrendous at CB. He may be fast, but he doesn't seem to change direction well (despite being a RB/WR recruit). I'd be pretty shocked to see him contributing anywhere beyond special teams.

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