Sunday, April 17, 2016

Seniors leading the buy-in at Jackson State

JACKSON, Mississippi -- Shortly after Tony Hughes arrived at Jackson State, he asked All-SWAC defensive end Javancy Jones if he was all in regarding his commitment to the program.

Jones told the Tigers' newly-minted coach yes.

Hughes felt Jones' buy-in to his approach has permeated throughout the program during spring practice, which concluded with the Blue and White Game on Saturday.

"The program is built on the commitment of the players," Hughes said. "The most important players in the program are the seniors. If the seniors buy into the program, then it will work. I would have to say whether it's Javancy and Dan (Williams), two of our top players, they bought into the program. Now the younger players see that and the younger players will follow the seniors."

Jones and Williams are playing for their fourth coach in four years, which includes Derrick McCall's stint as the interim coach last fall. They started their careers off as members of the 2013 team, which nearly won a SWAC title, but haven't enjoyed a winning record since their freshman season.


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