As we continue to stroll forward in the countdown of the Top 60 players at UM, we take a look at No. 53: Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Ben Jones.
> What we heard about him on Signing Day '08: Of the eight players UM nabbed from Northwestern's national championship team of 2007, Jones was among the least highly regarded although he was ranked 17th at his position by Rivals.com. Injured as a junior at Northwestern, he made the switch from defense to right tackle his senior season and played well. He chose UM over Clemson, LSU, Auburn, Ohio State and Tennessee.
> What he's done as a Cane: He hurt himself early in fall practices and came back late last season to participate with the scout team. This spring, he impressed line coach Jeff Stoutland at right tackle and is currently listed second on the depth chart behind Matt Pipho.
> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Jones (6-6, 310) and fellow freshman Jermaine Johnson should see time in the rotation at tackle. Ultimately, he and Johnson are seen as the future at tackle for UM, who will be losing Jason Fox after 2009. Jones needs to improve his strength numbers. Right now, he trails most of the freshmen offensive lineman.