October 23, 2008

Denison junior putting up big numbers

Denison running back D. J. Jones is quickly something of a legend in Texas high school football circles.

The 6-foot, 205-pound junior doesn't get a lot of attention because Denison is located about an hour north of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and the team is not covered by a major newspaper on a weekly basis. However, the undefeated Yellowjackets have averaged just over 50 points per contest in their seven games to date. This means Jones typically gets lifted after halftime when Denison runs up a big lead. He didn't put big numbers as a sophomore since he missed five games due to injury.

Whispers of Jones' feats are passed along by eyewitnesses such as fans and high school coaches and perhaps a Saturday morning box score in a newspaper. This is because the Metroplex's newspapers don't track his cumulative statistics which include 1,554 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns (one of them a 91-yard run) on only 122 carries.

Nonetheless, Jones is already getting his due from college recruiters. He receives mail from Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas, and Texas A&M 'every other day' as he puts it.



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