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September 27, 2012
MARIETTA, Ga. - Marietta (Ga.) Walton running back Tyren Jones takes pride in being known as a worker.
After rushing for 2,375 yards and 39 scores as a junior, the Alabama commitment spent the entire off-season getting bigger, stronger and faster, and his efforts have certainly paid off as Jones eclipsed 300 yards rushing in each of the first two games of his senior season.
It is that type of hard work and dedication that caused the Peach State standout to be selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
"I've worked very hard. Ever since I was little and started playing football I have been that guy that was the first on the field and the last at the end," Jones said. "I put in that extra work and I'm glad it is paying off."
After receiving his Army All-American jersey on Thursday, Jones didn't hold back at all when talking about how this game is more than just a regular football game and being selected is more than just being noticed for what he does on the field.
"It's a big honor. I'm happy they chose me and I'm happy that I have a teammate (Brandon Kublanow) going down there with me," he said. "I know that this is sponsored by the U.S. Army and it represents the people that fight for our country. I'm going to go out there and fight and give it my all in this game because of that."
Another huge source of excitement for the Walton playmaker is the opportunity to play with top-tier talent from across the country.
As one who is confident in his abilities, Jones believes he will fit right in.
"I'm looking forward to the competition," Jones said with a smile. "Everyone is talking about players here and there and from other schools, and I'm just ready to strap the pads up and go head-to-head out there."
The Rivals250 running back committed to the Crimson Tide in February, and knows that playing for a powerhouse program in what is considered the best conference in the nation will be a challenge.
Although he has plenty he wants to accomplish before getting to Alabama, Jones believes that the Army All-American game will help prepare him for what is next.
"The practices are way harder than normal games. Then from everything I see they prepare you to be a man and for the next level," Jones said. "I'm really excited to be a part of it all."