And so begins another round of “This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football” here on OFD. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2019 season.
#80 Micah Jones, Wide Receiver
Micah Jones came in with the extremely talented, but yet-unproven 2018 class of wide receivers, along with Kevin Austin, Braden Lenzy, and Lawrence Keys III. The 4-star, 6’5” wideout from Gurnee, Illinois committed to the Irish in February of his junior year of high school, choosing ND over the likes of the Syracuse Orange, Ole Miss Rebels, Northwestern Wildcats, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Michigan State Spartans, Iowa Hawkeyes, Iowa State Cyclones, Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, and Central Michigan Chippewas.
As a true freshman, Jones redshirted in 2018, buried on the depth chart behind various older, more experienced guys. His focus last year was definitely to work on adding some strength to his 6’5” frame while learning the offense.
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Jones is still a work-in-progress, but as he continues to get stronger and develop his all-around game, we can hopefully expect a Miles Boykin- or Maurice Stovall-esque finish to his career where the big, long receiver puts up numbers as an upperclassman.
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Weimaraners are large dogs with good physical endurance and stamina who were initially used to hunt big game. Jones is a big receiver who will primarily be used to hunt big points in the red zone with his ability to go up and get jump balls. I think this is a solid fit.
Aside from maybe some time on special teams, I think 2019 will be another year for Jones to keep building out his frame, developing his route-running, and sitting buried on the depth chart as a sophomore.
He has the size and skill to ultimately be a deadly red zone target, but for now the coaches just can’t justify taking time from other guys, especially when more seasoned big-targets like Claypool and Kmet are already out there.