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Inside the Headset with the AFCA

Aug 30, 2018

On this week's episode of Inside the Headset we speak with Matt Jones, run-game coordinator and offensive line coach for Texas Southern University. This is Coach Jones' second appearance on the podcast, and this time around we discuss inside zone run scheme, acclimating freshmen to the collegiate game, learning how to "watch" the game as a coach, and we share some of our memorable press box experiences.

After serving as a student assistant at Eastern Illinois University, Coach Jones began his coaching career at Lincoln-Way Central HS (Ill.) in 2008. He then spent two seasons coaching the offensive line and tight ends at the University of Saint Francis (Ill.) before coaching the offensive line for Avila University (2009-10). Jones joined the Villanova staff in 2013, working with tight ends, then took a graduate position at Tulane University (2014-15) prior to coaching offensive line for Jackson State University for two seasons. The 2017 season was Coach Jones' first with the Tigers.

0:28 - Start of interview

1:03 - Transition from playing rugby to coaching football

2:35 - Inside Zone scheme

6:39 - Running Back technique on Inside Zone

12:51 - Zone run scheme versus various defenses

16:45 - Communicating alerts at the line of scrimmage

18:54 - Acclimating freshmen to the collegiate game

25:46 - Teaching "pull" technique to offensive linemen

30:40 - Game-planning as Run Game Coordinator

39:52 - Learning how to "watch" the game as a coach

44:05 - Press Box experiences

You can follow Matt Jones on Twitter, check out his #LinemanLunch page, or contact him via email.

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