There have been a lot of changes in South Bend this year, the biggest being the hiring of Brian Kelly as the head coach. With his new spread offense, the offense looks to have more firepower with first-year starting quarterback Dayne Crist.
This offense will give a lot of receivers more looks and more passes intended for a lot more than just Michael Floyd and Kyle Rudolph.
That said, the receiver that will step in and fill a huge role will be freshman T.J. Jones. He won't be able to replace Golden Tate, but Jones has the talent to be the next big receiver at Notre Dame.
The 4-star recruit out of Gainesville, Georgia, chose to attend Notre Dame in hopes of being the next Golden Tate and being a part of this new offense.
Scouts right away are raving about his intelligence on the football field in his route running. With a first-year quarterback, that will be an essential asset for him and the whole offense heading into the season.
Scouts are also saying that he will catch anything thrown his way. Almost never dropping a pass, his ball skills are one of the best in this year's recruiting class.
Like Tate, Jones also has a great ability to make people miss once he catches the ball. His 4.46 40-yard time is another example of his speed that will be very exciting to watch as the 2010 college football season goes on.
All in all, Jones has the talent to be the next great receiver in South Bend, and along with Michael Floyd this year, they can be a deadly duo.
These two, along with Rudolph and Duval Kamara, could be apart of one of the best receiving corps in the nation this season.
One thing's for sure, though. Jones will definitely be another key in helping break in Crist, which is the most important task for the Irish this season.
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