Edna's Kam Jones looks to help build UTSA football program
BY MIKE FORMAN
July 20, 2010 at 2:20 a.m.
TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL COACHES ASSOCIATION'S ALL-STAR FOOTBALL GAMEThe South roster for the Texas High School Coaches Association's All-Star Football Game scheduled for Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. will include Cuero's Tyler Arndt, Edna's Kam Jones and Rice Consolidated's Chris Dorsey. El Campo's Landon Appling was selected to play in the game but withdrew after signing a baseball scholarship with the University of Houston.
Arndt will play quarterback, Jones will play cornerback and running back, and Dorsey will play defensive end and tight end.
The head coach of the South squad will be Andy Evans of Tatum.
The all-star game will not be televised live in Victoria because Fox Sports Southwest Houston has commitments to the Houston Astros. The game will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis for the first time on Friday at 1 p.m.
SAN ANTONIO - Kam Jones knows it will take some time for his classmates to start thinking about the University of Texas-San Antonio as a football school.
Jones has been attending summer school at UTSA with some of his future teammates and is anxious to begin his college football career, even though the Roadrunners won't play their first game until 2011.
"Some students came in and we're all living downstairs in our dorm and they're like, 'Ya'll the football team and we'll have to treat you like stars.' It's kind of coming around slowly. Once 2011 comes around it will be set."
Jones doesn't mind having a year to get to know his teammates and adjust to college life after completing an outstanding high school career at Edna.
He overcame a leg injury that ended his sophomore season and hampered him as a junior and passed for 2,012 yards and rushed for 1,325 yards last season, while leading the Cowboys to the Class 3A, Division II area playoffs and being selected as the co-Offensive Player of the Year on the Advocate's all-area team.
"We get like a whole year of redshirting to make ourselves better and get to know the offense and the defense better," said Jones, who will get a chance to play quarterback at UTSA. "I think it's a win-win situation because coming into 2011 we'll be like an actual team since we've been learning everything for a whole year."
Jones has already made a positive impression on UTSA head coach Larry Coker.
"Kam has been a great signing for us and I say that because I've gotten to know him even more since he is enrolled in summer school at UTSA now," Coker said. "He has a tremendous work ethic this summer in staying in shape and he's doing an outstanding job in school. We think he's going to be a terrific player for us and a key part of getting this program off the ground and running."
Jones is hoping Chris Dorsey from Rice Consolidated will be his teammate at UTSA. Dorsey signed with UTSA after recording 106 tackles and also having 196 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions for the Raiders last season.
But Dorsey will attend Blinn College after he was unable to achieve the test score he needed to play at UTSA. Dorsey hopes to transfer to UTSA in time for the 2011 season.
"I decided to go to Blinn because it's close to my home," Dorsey said. "They told me I could play if I wanted to. I just want to go there, redshirt and get stronger and go to UTSA."
Jones and Dorsey will be among five UTSA signees playing for the South squad in the Texas High School Coaches Association's All-Star Football Game scheduled for Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Alamodome.