Penn State quarterback Paul Jones is a physical athletic specimen at 6-foot-3, 258-pounds. He probably has more athleticism than starter Matt McGloin and backup Steven Bench combined.
Jones is listed as the third quarterback on the depth chart for the Nittany Lions and head coach Bill O’Brien doesn’t see him moving up any time soon. Where he does see Jones getting on the field is at Tight End.
He’s been practicing with the tight ends and will see some time at the “F” position this Saturday against Navy. Playing the F position will feature Jones as more of a pass-catching tight end rather then playing on the line of scrimmage.
Jones will give McGloin a big target to throw to down the field. He’ll also be able to line up in the backfield to help in protection schemes. It will give the Lions another dimension in their offense that has struggled thus far in 2012.
It wasn’t looking good for Jones in the future as a signal caller either with highly touted quarterback Christian Hackenberg arriving in 2013. O’Brien will continue to help the offense evolve and bring more complex schemes to the system, just how he did during his time with the Patriots in New England.
PSU ranks near the bottom of the FBS in points averaging a measly 15.0 points per contest. Surprisingly their passing attack ranks near the middle averaging 234.5 points per game.
Getting an athlete like Jones on the field will help O’Brien and the Nittany Lions try and get their first win of the season.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.