Our offseason walk down memory lane to celebrate the 2011 Cal football seniors continues. Last week, we looked back at the career of linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Today, we remember wide receiver Marvin Jones.
Jones' talent was evident from the moment he stepped onto the field as a true freshman. Jones made the wide receiver rotation as a true freshman in 2008, but his debut season was unfortunately cut short by injury. But over the next three years (2009 to 2011), Jones started all 38 games that Cal played. For his career, Jones finished with 156 receptions for 2,260 yards and 13 receiving touchdowns. Each of those figures cracks Cal's top ten all time for those stat categories. Jones also racked up six 100-yard receiving games in his career, good for sixth on the Cal all-time list.
Cal football fans grew to appreciate the tremendous football talent that Jones possesses. But as we learned through the course of his career, Jones is more than a football player.
TwistNHook: Everything you need to know about the experience and maturity of Marvin Jones, you can learn from this article:
Three years ago, Marv was an 18-year-old preparing for his first season of collegiate football. Four stars from both Rivals and Scout, the pride of Etiwanda High. The Inland Empire kid with the All-State resume ached to make the same impact as a true freshman at Cal. The Bears had lost every starting receiver to graduation or the NFL; what was left to stop him?
First day of fall camp was almost over when his phone rang. It was Jazmyn, his girlfriend of two years, still at home in Fontana. I’m pregnant. Throat knotted, stomach dropped. His position coach noticed, asked what was wrong. Five minutes later, head coach Jeff Tedford beckoned Marv into his office. Call your dad, he said.
Marv broke down, afraid he had failed his father’s expectations. But even as his tears welled and his voice cracked, Jones must have known deep down that everything would turn out fine. Marvin Sr. was strict, but disciplined his children to teach humility and responsibility. The man once toted four-year-old Marv on his back on walks to the park. He wasn’t about to shake his son off now.
"He said he’ll never be disappointed in me. He backs me up 100 percent,’" Jones says. "It switched from a type of sad tone to a happy tone."
Kodiak: Marvin clearly worked on his body and his craft during his time at Cal.
Allen is more physically talented, but Jones was just so fundamentally sound in his routes, cuts and his breaks that it's a shame we couldn't turn him loose more often. We could've killed a lot of good teams with a good quarterback throwing him the football. Sometimes I felt as if he was so used to having to adjust to poor throws that he had a hard time dealing with footballs that landed on his numbers.
When we did have good QB play, we saw what Marvin could do. The catches he made against Ucla in 2009, ASU in 2010, Washington in 2011, and in the Big Game last year were particularly memorable. He was a legitimate vertical threat and could be a weapon on the end around (e.g., vs. Ucla in 2010).
I hope to see Marvin playing on Sundays for years to come.
He doesn't really remind me of Shaw or Douglas. I think of those guys as better route runners. Just my opinion.
Another good comparison --- Marv is a bigger version of Brian Treggs.