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Miles Jones

Nebraska head coach Scott Frost says signee Miles Jones reminds him of some of the most dynamic offensive players he's coached at Oregon and Central Florida. 

There’s something of a buzz around Nebraska freshman Miles Jones.

The offensive weapon hasn’t played a snap for the Cornhuskers. Heck, he hasn’t even participated in an official, actual football practice here.

But the Plantation, Florida native just seems too tailor-made for Scott Frost’s system to not wonder about. And it’s July, so we do things like put him atop Husker Extra’s Heat Index list of five freshmen primed to contribute early in their careers.

Lest you think it’s just reporters and fans drumming up hype around a new player, though, consider the thoughts of senior running back Devine Ozigbo.

He and his Husker teammates have got glimpses of Jones’ skill set during summer workouts and captain’s practices since the kid and other NU freshmen arrived on campus for summer classes.

Suffice it to say fans and followers of the program aren’t the only ones looking forward to seeing what Jones looks like between the white lines on autumn Saturdays.

“He’s definitely a guy that everybody’s excited to see what he can do,” Ozigbo told the Journal Star on Tuesday.

Like everyone else, Jones will have to earn it. He’s been on the crash course so far, spending time with Ozigbo and the running backs in Ryan Held’s room near the beginning of the summer and transitioning more to Troy Walters’ receivers room recently, according to Ozigbo.

That’s the nature of the ‘R’ spot that has thrived in this system at every stop along the way.

“He’s been spending a little more time with the receivers as the summer goes on,” Ozigbo said. “There’s four receiver spots at times, so there’s a lot to learn. The R’s, they get coached up pretty well for the situations when they’re in the backfield. I’ve seen him around and I know Coach Held’s talked to him a lot.”

Jones was originally committed to Vanderbilt but flipped to Nebraska in January. He was a do-it-all talent at Florida powerhouse American Heritage, which put together an undefeated, state-championship season under the guidance of head coach and former NFL defensive back Patrick Surtain.

As a senior, Jones rushed for 695 yards on just 61, added 29 catches for 401 yards and averaged 30.5 yards per kick return and 16.2 per punt return while totaling 16 touchdowns. That comes out to more than 12 yards each time he touched the ball.

"He's a Swiss Army knife," Surtain told the Journal Star this winter. "He's just a special player. If you get him one-on-one in space, he's hard to handle. ... He a tough kid. We line up in 23 personnel in an I-formation and let him run between the tackles. He runs over people."

Surtain knows it. Ozigbo and Jones’ teammates are starting to learn. Eventually, Husker fans will get to see, too.

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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