Ronald Jones has been USCs #2 running back the last two season but that hasn’t stopped Jones from producing. The 6’1”/195 pound true junior has shown that he can make a big impact in USC’s offense.
As a true freshman Jones broke Charles White’s freshman season rushing record, rushing for 987 yards on 153 carries and 8 rushing TDs. He joined Lendale White as the only two freshmen to lead the team in rushing for the season. He was named 2015 All-Pac 12 honorable mention and in 2016 looked to top an impressive record-breaking freshman year.
Jones once again as a sophomore led USC in rushing and only started the last six games of the season (appearing in all 13). The first 6 games weren’t too kind to Jones as he had only 46 carries for 208 yards and only 1 TD (4.5 ypc). Starting week 7 against Arizona Jones’ workload increased, the remaining games he saw at least 15 carries a game. In those 7 weeks Jones tallied 131 carries for 874 yards and 11 TDs averaging 6.7 ypc. Rushing for 1,082 yards with 12 TDs (6.1ypc) Jones was named All-Pac 12 2nd Team.
Jones was able to produce these numbers while sharing a lot of carries. Between Justin Davis, Tre Madden and Aca’Cedric Ware all getting touches in the last 2 years, Jones distanced himself after his sophomore campaign. Now that Davis is gone, Jones is the clear-cut #1 running back.
Jones has track speed and is a threat to bust a long one at any time to go along with his speed Jones shows great vision and ability to find holes.
When he has a full head of steam and puts his foot in the ground he can make people look silly.
Jones is a homerun threat whenever he hits the hole. With track runner speed, it allows him to hit holes and score untouched. For a 195 pound back Jones break more tackles than you would expect.
When he gets a full head of steam you won’t be able to tackle him with arm tackles – he will just run right through them. The thing NFL teams will like about Jones is the field flipping ability.
Jones’ catching ability really hasn’t been on display the last 2 seasons at SC, considering he only has 18 receptions for 115 yard and 2 TDs. However, in those limited receptions he has shown he is able to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Many people, including myself, would like to see Jones improve as a blocking back. If he is able to show that he can sit in the backfield and block a blitzing linebacker that would elevate him among the top tier running back prospects.
Jones also at times tries a little too hard to get the outside and tries to beat people with his speed too much. He just needs to follow this blocks and big plays will happen when he’s getting 5-6 yards a carry.
All eyes will be on Jones and USC’s high powered offense in 2017. If you didn’t know who Ronald Jones was last season, you will learn very quickly in 2017.