According to the Deseret News’ Dirk Facer, the senior will fill the center position held by Tevita Stevens the last two seasons. He played sparingly last season, but when he did, he was often found relieving projected starting left guard Jeremiah Toefaeono at that position.
Whittingham has said that the 6-foot-3, 305-pound senior from Jordan High School (Utah) is a versatile player who can play all five spots on the offensive line. He said Jones is best suited for the interior, however.
Projected starting quarterback Travis Wilson has noted that relations with Jones have gone well, having mainly worked out with each other in the offseason. Wilson has gone so far as to say that Jones is the “smartest guy” among the offensive group.
Jones has acknowledged that in other seasons of his career, communication was weaker and the line physicality softer than it should have. Now the group enters a second cohesive year together with six returning starters on offense. (During last season’s losing campaign, however, Utah had nine returning starters.)
“In years past, it seemed the center would be making calls and the players would be focused on other plays,” he said during spring camp. “Now, everybody seems to have a good grasp on the plays.”