Jones to Start at QB For Wolves in af2 playoffs in Green Bay on Saturday night
MANCHESTER, NH-- Brian Jones, who started two games at quarterback for the Manchester Wolves earlier in the regular season before being placed on long term injured reserve, has been activated and will call the signals when the Wolves (10-7) take on the Blizzard (12-5) in Green Bay in the arenafootball2 league American Conference semifinals on Saturday night.
Jones (6-2, 212) replaces James Pinkney, who led the Wolves through their remarkable turnaround from 1-6 to the second round of the playoffs. Pinkney broke his leg during last week's upset win over the Wildcats in South Georgia.and has been moved from the roster to the IR list.
Jones, a starting quarterback for the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena Football League in 2007, was assigned to the team on April 16 and started the Wolves first home game of the season on April 18. He also started the following week against the Pioneers in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton but suffered a serious shoulder injury on his throwing arm that required surgery and was placed on long term IR.
In the two games he was active, Jones completed 48 of 75 throws for 688 yards with 12 touchdowns against two interceptions. He also rushed a net five yards on eight carries and scored three touchdowns.
Jones has been rehabilitating his shoulder at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. While he hasn't been with the team in some time, Jones is very familiar with the offensive schemes and philosophy of Head Coach Danton Barto. He was the Gladiators head coach last season and Jones will also be reunited with current Wolves defensive back Dahnel Singfield and defensensive linemen Joe Crea and Chris Eggleston. The three played for Barto in Memphis in 2005 when the Xplorers won the ArenaCup.
In his rookie AFL season with the Gladiators last year, Jones played in 15 games and started six of them, including the season finale. He completed a team-high 152-of-238 passes for 1,824 yards and 25 touchdowns. This season, he was in training camp with the AFL's Columbus Destroyers and had a brief stint with the New Orleans Voodoo of the AFL.
"He's an AFL-caliber starting quarterback," Barto said when Jones joined the team last April. "He's a pro from top to bottom. He doesn't turn the ball over and he makes completions." Jones, who played for the University of Toledo from 2001-02 after transferring from Shasta Junior College, graduated as the Rockets' all-time leader in pass completion percentage (68.9). He led Toledo to a 9-5 record and a spot in the Motor City Bowl against Marshall University in 2002.
He will wear jersey #18 when the seventh-seeded Wolves (10-7) line up against the third-seeded Blizzard (12-5). Kickoff is slated for 8:30 PM (ET) and the game may be heard on WFEA 1370 AM and seen on NIFTYtv.com.
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