By Rowdy Teaff, News Editor
Kyle Jones, a junior transfer from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, was named the American Southwest Conference Player of the Week after leading the Cowboys to a 63-7 win over Belhaven University on Oct. 19.
Jones was sure to give most of the credit to his teammates from the success in his first career start for the Cowboys. “I felt truly blessed [to be named conference player of the week]. I feel like God had rewarded me for trusting His plan, but I definitely didn’t do it alone. The offensive line has great protection, and the receivers made spectacular plays after I got the ball to them. Overall, I felt blessed by God,” Jones said.
Jones’ journey has been an interesting one. He was a player at UMHB, then he transferred to Texas Tech University. Jones shared why he chose Hardin-Simmons University to continue his education and athletic career.
“I really wanted to play football again. I’d heard nothing but great things about the culture and obviously the success of the football team. The culture here is great. [It is] truly unselfish. I love coming to work every day knowing that everyone I’m working for has my back,” Jones said.
Being at HSU has been a good experience so far for Jones. He shared a few of his favorite parts of being a Cowboy. “The locker room for sure [is my favorite part]. I love the energy in the locker room. The laughs, talks, blood, sweat and tears. It all comes back to the locker room. [The locker room] is where relationships start and grow,” Jones said.
This season has been hard fought to this point. The season has a guaranteed two weeks left, with a possible post-season appearance to extend the season. Jones shared some goals that he has going into the final games of the regular season. “Besides winning out the rest of the season, I want to become a better teammate by holding my teammates accountable, and I also want to get better with every opportunity I get,” Jones said.
The next home game for the Cowboys will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 against Southwestern University.