Senior linebacker Dustin Pierce, who is entering his third season as a starter, is one of several experienced returnees on the Jones defense. Pierce believes the unit is capable of carrying the Longhorns while the offense adjusts to playing without quarterback David Cornwell and running back Taylor Bilyeu.
Q: What can we expect to see from the Jones defense this season?
A: I think you'll see a lot of speed and a lot of hitting. We're going to be really good at linebacker and on the defensive line where we have a lot of experience back.
As an experienced senior, have you taken on a leadership role at all?
Yeah, some. But it's spread out through the whole team. It's not just me. All the seniors, as a group, are doing a pretty good job of leading.
You guys are replacing a quarterback and running back, how's that going?
The offense, I think, will turn out to be pretty good. We have Colton Story back there at running back for us, and he's got quite a bit of speed and can move pretty well. We've also had to replace some of the line, but we've done so with good kids.
With that inexperience on offense, do you think the defense can carry the team if needed?
Oh yeah, definitely. For the first few games I think the defense is kind of going to set the pace for us, but I also think we're going to end up doing pretty well throughout the season.
Have you received any recruiting interest?
I've seen some from Northeastern State, Mount St. Joseph in Ohio, and Ave Maria down in Florida. So just a few schools, but I feel like maybe a few more will start to show up during the season.