Kameron Jones, OL "Motor" Of Starkville Offense
Starkville enters the week five SES Game of the Week on fire, out to a 3-1 start under first year head coach Chris Jones. Tonight the Yellowjackets host Meridian in what is sure to be a close contest.
The fast start can be credited much to a stingy defense that has given up more than seven points in only one game thus far. However, their most impressive quality thus far is a dynamic rushing attack.
“I’m definitely looking forward to the competition,” Senior offensive lineman Kameron Jones told SES Mississippi.
“We have a great offensive line up front and three outstanding running backs. With coach Jones’s fast, tempo offense no one can stop us.”
So far, that’s been the case and the numbers bare that. The Jackets have averaged 190 yards per game on the ground against the likes of Noxubee County, Oxford, West Point and Columbus.
Three rushers average over 50 yards per game in quarterback Malik Brown and backs Dreke Clark and Dre Swanigan. Each of those three have scored at least twice on the season. KJ Lawrence rounds out the trio and can get going, too, as he is the only other player on the team with a rushing score.
Looking back at the OL. The group is no short on experience either, as it boasts four senior starters. Michael Goss, the lone junior to start, is joined by Jones, Lamarcus Logan, Anteuan McDowell and Jordan Boatman. That experience appears to have shown off the field, which has helped on-field success.
“We have been practicing hard and transferring all of it into the games. Our o-line is the motor of the offense. If we do well up front, everything behind us falls into place. The quarterback feels safer and the running backs job is whole lot easier.”
Jones, a rangy 6’5 offensive tackle, has already racked up double-digit D1 offers. He starred at the Fortius Project this past spring, as he was named all-combine at ICC. His talent is clear, but his leadership has been this season, too. Even amongst a group of seasoned guys.
“Before every game I go down the line and ask them how many pancakes are they going to get. I tell them ‘I bet I can get the most.’ I bring competition. And I would also say I motivate and pick up the others when they do something wrong. I help them get better with their technique,” Jones explained.
“I’m a very aggressive player that has to beat the guy across from me every play. The other guys look up to me and I demand the very best out of my guys up front.”
A similar bond can be seen throughout the Starkville team. That stems from the top, as Chris Jones is getting a quick buy in from his players, according to his star offensive lineman.
“He’s a great person we love as a coach. Even his criticism, we know it’s all just to help us get better. He’s a very energetic person, who we love being coached by,” Jones said.