Tony Jones was a bright spot for Notre Dame football against Vanderbilt.
The Notre Dame football team moved to 3-0 after another unexpected nail-biter Saturday afternoon against Vanderbilt. The offense started off strong but once again puttered throughout the rest of the game, especially after halftime.
I’m not sure why this is a continual thing for this offense — and team in general — but eventually it’ll come back to bite them. It’s very frustrating to see as fans because, we all know we have some very talented players at the skill positions and it just doesn’t seem like they are being used to their full potential right now.
The one person who was extremely solid throughout the game though was running back Tony Jones Jr.
He was easily the offensive MVP for the Vanderbilt game.
Getting his first official start, he carried the ball 17 times for 118 yards. That’s almost seven yards a carry for Jones, which is exactly what you want to see from this offense. He also added two huge catches for 56 yards, both of which lead to two different scoring drives. This was by far his best showing in an Irish uniform and it wasn’t even close. That’s the type of player everyone expected to see coming out of fall camp and he showed up big against the Commodores.
Saturday at noon, Notre Dame travels to Winston-Salem to take on Wake Forest for their first road test. I want to see a more consistent offense that is also very aggressive. The play calling has to be better for the Irish to take full advantage of each team and it starts with Chip Long.
It would be nice to have a more difficult time picking a “offensive MVP” because several players show out — not just one — and that will happen if play-calling is more consistent for all four quarters.
Great game Tony Jones! Let’s see another performance like that this weekend against the Demon Deacons.