"You got a dream.You gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves.They wanna tell you that you can't do it. You want something? Go get it. Period."
The line comes from The Pursuit of Happyness, but it could just as well have come from D.J. Jones' own dad instead of from Will Smith, Jones' favorite actor who plays an inspirational father in his favorite movie.
Jones, you see, continues his pursuit of happyness as a backup offensive tackle, but the 6-5, 315-pound junior from Omaha will never keep pushing for a starting position. And he'll do it with his trademark million-dollar smile, a sure sign of his own confidence.
Barney Cotton, his offensive line coach, shares that confidence, indicating Monday that both Marcel Jones and D.J. Jones should play "fairly equally"at offensive right tackle in Saturday's season opener against Florida Atlantic.
"Both had good camps, and both deserve to play," Cotton said.
Even though he came to Nebraska as the top-ranked player in the state out of Omaha Central High School, Jones' favorite Husker of all-time is a bulldozing fullback who walked on.
That tells you something about Jones' character, but if you want to know the player he thinks is the Huskers' hardest worker, you'll have to check him out on today's Quick Hits.
Another one of Jones' opinions is particularly interesting. His choice for the Huskers' most surprising player this fall will surprise everyone.