Ty Hughes comes into his junior year as the anchor in the middle of the Jones defense for a third straight season.
The defensive tackle has recorded at least 60 tackles in each of his first two high school seasons and holds a scholarship offer from the University of South Dakota. He’ll look to once again be a force for a Jones defense that expects to be the strength of a young team.
Q: Now that you’re starting for a third season, are you taking on a leadership role?
A: Of course. Being just a sophomore last year I couldn’t really take on much of a leadership role. We lost a lot of guys from last year’s team, and now with me being a junior I’m definitely looking to be more of a leader.
With strength being a big part of playing defensive tackle have you bulked up since last year?
Last year towards the end of the season I was a little sluggish, so this year I’ve trimmed down some and built up a lot of muscle. I feel great.
What are the expectations for Jones this season?
We’re a little young this year. We’re going to have to have some young guys step up and play for us. Compared to last year we are also lacking some size, but we have a lot of speed. Our defense is really fast.
Jones has had its starting quarterback transfer to a different school for a second straight season, is that frustrating at all?
It’s frustrating only because when you have a new quarterback it sort of feels like you’re rebuilding, at least early on. But regardless we have the expectation to win games and be better than people say we’re going to be.