Notre Dame running back Tony Jones Jr. steps into a bigger role in 2018 after spending his redshirt freshman season as a reserve behind Josh Adams, Dexter Williams and Deon McIntosh.
However, after Adams left for the 2018 NFL Draft and McIntosh was dismissed from the team, he and Williams find themselves as the top two returning running backs in an offense that requires an effective running game to operate efficiently. But if there is any chance that the moment might be too big for Jones, he’s certainly not showing it.
After battling an ankle injury on his way to 232 rushing yards in 2017, Jones is finally healthy now and he’s expecting big things from the Notre Dame offense even though they’ve lost several key players.
“I think all of us are going to accept some type of role,” Jones said according to Matt Freeman of Irish Sports Daily. “We have to bring our type of game to the field.
“The whole offense is getting more glued together. I think we’ll be better than last year.”
How exactly the carries will split between Williams and Jones will probably be decided in the summer, but the fact that he feels healthy and confident enough to forecast that they’ll be an improved unit in 2018 certainly bodes well for Notre Dame.