Wednesday, August 19, 2020

#15 Will Jones

We now know that both FCS out of conference games (EKU & GWU) have been either canceled or postponed for the fall.

We're not sure about the status of the game against Liberty, but rumors are we will play both Liberty and EKU in November. Since Gardner-Webb has decided not to play in the fall, not sure if we will have a third game.

However, we will continue our countdown as if the season were to start Sept. 3rd.

Today, we'll highlight a quarterback:

#15 Will Jones

POSITION Quarterback
CLASS Redshirt Junior
HOMETOWN Greensboro, N.C

2019 (Redshirt Sophomore): Played in six games on the season with three starts at quarterback in weeks 2-4 … Finished the season 62-of-97 for 443 yards with a touchdown and one interception … Rushed for 39 yards and two scores … Made his first career start at NC State (Sept. 7), completing 15-of-27 passes for 98 yards … Guided WCU to victory over North Greenville (Sept. 14) after throwing for 207 yards and a touchdown on 27-of-37 passing, adding 43 rushing yards and a score on the ground … Rushed for a score on seven carries at Chattanooga (Sept. 28) … Elected a team captain early in the season by his teammates … Named to the 2019 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference team and to the 2019-20 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

2018 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action in eight of the team’s games on the year, seeing his most extensive action at Samford (Oct. 6) … Finished the season with 403 passing yards on 33-of-59 passing with two interceptions and four touchdowns … Rushed 25 times for a combined 109 yards and one score … Completed at least two passes in five of his eight appearances … Recorded his first official carries in his collegiate debut at home against Newberry (Sept. 1) … Led his first collegiate scoring drive at Gardner-Webb (Sept. 14), tossing his first touchdown pass on a 15-yard strike to TE Owen Cosenke early in the second quarter … Scored his first career rushing TD on a 26-yard romp at Samford (Oct. 6) … Named to the 2018 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference team and to the 2018-19 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll. … Named the 2019 A-CAT-EMY Award Scholar Athlete of the Year … Saw extensive action with the first team during WCU’s annual Spring Drills to continue to gain experience.

2017 (Freshman): Did not see game action, taking a redshirt ... Named to the 2017-18 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll ... Rushed for two touchdowns while tossing a third to pace the Catamount offense in WCU's annual Spring Game ... Tallied scoring rushes of 24 and two yards.

Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-year starter at quarterback at Page HS, taking over as a sophomore after an injury to the season starter ... As a senior, was named the Guilford County Football All-Stars co-Offensive Player of the Year ... Was also selected HSXtra All-Area first team ... Guided Page HS to the North Carolina 4-A state championship game in back-to-back seasons as both a junior and senior ... In his final season as a prep, completed 206-of-368 (56%) for 3,109 yards and 38 touchdowns, adding 599 yards on the ground on 97 carries and 11 TDs ... Selected to play in the 80th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas ... For his career, amassed 6,603 yards on 439-of-772 passing for 72 touchdowns while also rushing for 854 yards on 195 and 22 TDs ... Was listed as a two-star athlete by both and ... High school head coach was Kevin Gillespie ... Also played basketball as a prep, helping the Pirates to the NCHSAA Class 4-A regional semifinals.

Personal: Full name is Will Carlyle Jones ... Is the son of Bill and Kari Jones.