Jones-Price anxious to return to gridiron
ALBION --Philip Jones-Price had a strong start in his freshman college football season.
But it ended early with an injury.
Jones-Price was coming off a stellar All-State career at Reed City where he led the Coyotes to conference, district and regional championships.
Jones-Price had two rushes for 34 yards.
Albion finished an 8-2 season under first-year head coach Dustin Beurer. It is the best record for a first-year coach at Albion since Tom Taylor's 1969 squad achieved an 8-0 record.
Jones-Price scored his first touchdown at the collegiate level on a 31-yard run against Defiance.
"A couple of weeks down the road, I suffered an injury during practice, and sat out the rest of the season and ended up with surgery on my shoulder," Jones-Price said. "I ended now how I wanted to but I was definitely off to a strong start. It was supposed to be a non-contact (practice). I was running the ball. The kid came up my side and I tried to stiff arm him. We both went down. I fell too fast and hyperextended my shoulder and dislocated it. I was done for the rest of the season."
Jones-Price said it's a six-month recovery and he will be ready for football until the summer. He was able to be red-shirted and will have four years of eligibility.
"I was doing really good, going to practices and to camps and was starting to get comfortable and find my purpose on the field," Jones-Price said.
"The biggest transition from high school is finding your purpose on the field and time management and getting comfortable off the field. They're like my new family. You make bonds with the people there and the coaches."
He was also on special teams.
Jones-Price was a three-sport student-athlete at Reed City, where he was a two-time all-state and all-Central State Activities Association pick in football.