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Old 05-03-2013   #28
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Default Re: 6th round Chris Jones DT BGSU

Dug up this BGSU piece.............the kid's got his head screwed on well.

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A day in the life of Chris Jones

At any one time Chris Jones has several challenging jobs to fill.

As a pre-exercise science major, Jones takes 12 to 15 credits a semester in classes that include nutrition, physiology and anatomy. As a star football player for the Falcons, Jones spends up to 20 hours each week practicing, training and watching films. And as a regular college student he tries to find the right balance and manage to have some fun along the way.

But Jones, a 21-year-old junior from Brownsburg, IN, is used to this life. In fact, the standout nose guard has learned the balancing act between student and athlete can be complicated and busy, but rarely boring.

“Chris came to Bowling Green with a unique maturity level and an understanding of the demands and sacrifices it takes to be a successful college athlete,” said Head Coach Dave Clawson. “Chris has an incredible work-ethic that, when combined with his natural talent, makes him a special player and person for our football program at Bowling Green. We are very fortunate to have someone with Chris’ character and ability in our program.”

During the season, Jones’ day begins pretty early for a college student — the alarm goes off at 6 a.m. at the house he shares with three teammates. Instead of an 8 a.m. class, it is a 7 a.m. football practice. After team meetings, where the last game might be reviewed or future strategies discussed, Jones heads to the field for an hour or two. After practice, it’s off to class and studying.

While his schedule can be demanding, Jones has a clear view of his priorities. If a class or exam is scheduled during football time, football must yield. The team hosts study tables in the meeting room, where players can get extra help if desired, and coaches will allow players to come to practices late if necessary.

“Before anything we’re all students,” said Jones. “The coaches say take care of your schoolwork first.” It’s no wonder, then, that BGSU’s student-athletes consistently excel in the classroom, earning repeated accolades and setting a new record with an overall GPA of 3.08.
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