Bobcats linebacker looks to lead through end of district

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As the defensive leader of the Byron Nelson football team, Bobby Jones has a lot of the qualities coach Brian Polk said he is looking for in a captain.

The Nelson linebacker is a also a strong student, and Polk said he is really two very different people on and off the field.

“He brings an attitude, for one,” Polk said. “He’s a real kind of a 'to himself kid' off the field. He keeps his cool, makes great grades, and is just a good kid. But on the field he’s very, very aggressive and physical, and he’s by far the leader on anything. I mean, he gets everybody lined up, he’s a vocal leader out there, he’s a big part of the success we’ve had.”

Jones said that it is his desire to do whatever he can to the help the team win football games.

“I try to just bring a level of physicality and leadership,” Jones said. “I just try to lead the guys up and lead that with physicality and just be a hard-nosed part of our defense.”

Jones said that he embraces the role of leader on this year's team and said that it has been a great experience for him to be the sort of player that other players look to.

“I enjoy it a lot,” Jones said. “You know, during the off season they kind of put that role on me and you know, I was a little worried about it at first, but then once we got rolling with the season, I just really got it, I’ve really enjoyed it and I wouldn’t want to trade it in at all. I enjoy it a ton.”

Jones said he he would like to be a unanimous first team all-district selection this year and help the Bobcats go several rounds into the playoffs, and said that he thinks his team is in pretty good shape.

“I’m thinking we’re doing really good,” Jones said. “I think we’ve competed well in every game we’ve played and you know, we had a couple losses that I think we could have avoided if we played a little better, but I think these next four games are going to be a make it or break it for us, and I think we’ll be able to push on in the direction we’re going in right now.”

Jones is ranked 91 in a class of 576 students and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Polk said it is very nice not to have to worry about eligibility issues with Jones, and said that the Nelson linebacker will play a big role in how far the Bobcats go this season.

“He’s the guy we’re going to lean on more so than anybody,” Polk said. “We’ve got quite a few guys that we think are in that role, but he is the guy, you know, he is the voice for us on that defensive side of the ball, and I think our kids look at him to lead and look up to him as well.”

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