In November, during Northwestern’s seven-game losing streak, Pat Fitzgerald offered more bad news when he announced the suspension of superback Malin Jones. Fitzgerald said it was due to a “violation of team policy.”
The redshirt freshman and former Joliet Catholic (Ill.) standout underwent a difficult season. He began as a hopeful to earn reps as an all-purpose running back, but began his conversion to superback early in the year.
Now, with the team looking as though it needs him, Jones is back. An NU spokesman told PurpleWildcats.com Tuesday morning that Jones is now participating in team drills.
With all of his natural ability, Jones still figures into the team’s offensive plans. The Wildcats embrace versatile athletes; he’s not out of luck simply because of the position change.
Jones will likely play the reserve superback role, behind Dan Vitale and perhaps behind Jayme Taylor. Taylor redshirted in 2013, but he and Jones are two different “styles” of superbacks, with Jones fitting in better with certain formations.
This also, for now, quashes any transfer potential. Many were grumbling about Jones’s status months after his suspension. Turns out, he’ll be fine.
Heading into a Signing Day that should shore up its future, Northwestern is set for even greater stability with the return of Malin Jones.