Freshman tailback Joe Jones ruptured the Achilles tendon in his left ankle during Tuesday’s football practice and will miss the entire 2007 campaign. Jones was expected to make an immediate impact for the Temple football team this year.
Coach Al Golden confirmed through a spokesperson on Thursday that Jones injured his ankle in a non-contact drill on Tuesday. He won’t return to the playing field any sooner than spring practice, if then. The 5-11, 200-pound South Florida native will have surgery next week. Typically, this kind of injury requires four to six months of rehabilitation.
Jones came to Temple from South Broward High School, where he carried the ball 98 times for 989 yards and 23 touchdowns in his senior year. He also caught 15 passes for 455 yards and two scores. Jones only played in seven games due to an ankle injury.
The two ankle injuries appear to be unrelated.
Without Jones, the Owls are left with three scholarship tailbacks on the preseason roster – sophomore Jason Harper, junior college transfer Marcellous Grigsby, and true freshman Kitt Anderson. The depth chart also includes four walk-ons.