Considering the lack of seniors on the Rams’ football team this
season, they are happy to see a familiar face returning.
Landon Jones, the Rams former starting safety, quit the team
during the 2003 football season after the opening-season loss to
the Colorado Buffaloes.
During the offseason Jones approached CSU coach Sonny Lubick
about the opportunity for a second chance. Lubick told Jones he
would get his chance to walk on in the spring.
“I have no ill-feelings towards a guy if he quit like that,”
Lubick said. “I felt we’d give him an opportunity. He’s been a
model citizen to this point on the football team.”
Though Jones left the team last season and decided to come back,
there seem to be no hard feelings expressed by his teammates.
“I think he was accepted back as soon as he stepped onto the
field,” senior defensive lineman Patrick Goodpaster said. “Every
guy chooses his own path; if you don’t have your whole heart into
it then you’re letting the team down.”
When Jones left the team he didn’t just sit around and do
nothing. He worked out all spring to make up for his absence,
something that also impressed teammates.
“It’s fine, he worked out all spring and worked out hard and
gained our respect back,” junior wide receiver David Anderson
Jones, who has been converted from safety to weakside
linebacker, has had it rough in practice, and will soon find it
will only continue to get harder. He must earn his way back on the
“You have to work your way back in and do it at your own
expense,” Lubick said.
Junior quarterback Justin Holland added, “I think everyone
deserves a second chance. He’s paying his own way and had a right
to come back.”
There is a need at linebacker for the Rams, which is why they
moved Jones over to weakside linebacker. Jones appears on the depth
chart behind junior college transfer Chris Davis.
“Landon is a guy we thought could always help the team,” Holland
said. “He’ll be a good addition and it will be nice to have a guy
with field experience out there.”
Jones’s attitude thus far has seemed to impress the team, whose
spring practices began Saturday and will continue through the
semester. He’s gone to practice without complaint and is working
hard to show he still belongs.
“I think he will help us a lot, he’s a great figure to have on
the team,” Anderson said. “He’s a great player and he’ll contribute
in that sense.”
The bottom line is the Rams want to win and Landon Jones
believes he is a guy who can help them do that.