Biloxi’s Tim Jones shines in USM win over UAB

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It took Tim Jones all of nine games and 44 receptions, but the Biloxi High School alum finally hit pay dirt for the first time all season.

On Tuesday, Jones told News 25 he was “allergic to the end zone,” but finally snapped his touchdown drought in the fourth quarter on a fade pass from Jack Abraham.

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Pacifier and all, the junior is a close second for the team lead in catches, but tied for sixth in touchdowns. Abraham said, “Yeah. That was awesome, man. I’m happy for him. Really happy for him. He deserves it. He’s probably one of the hardest workers on this team and really deserves it. It was cool to see him get in the end zone and made a great play on the ball, and I’m happy for him.”

Head Coach Jay Hopson said, “Tim is a player. I mean he’s an athlete. He’s a football player. Tim is going to score a lot, and he might be scoring on Sunday one day. Tim is an athlete. He can make plays. He’s an explosive guy. He’s physical. Got all the size parameters. Tim is a really good football player.”

Despite scoring just his third career touchdown at USM, the former Biloxi Indian is now over 1,100 yards through 29 games.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.

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