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January 14, 2014

‘Stretch’ for the stars:

Seantavius Jones prepares for post-VSU future

VALDOSTA — “Success is the summary of what you have accomplished so far,” said former Valdosta State Blazer receiver Seantavius ‘Stretch’ Jones, and according to what he has managed to accomplish in his career as a Blazer, Jones considers himself very successful.

In his four years at Valdosta State, Jones had 149 receptions for 2,374 yards and 33 touchdowns. As a junior and senior, Jones cemented his legacy as a Blazer, producing two back to back 13 touchdown seasons, and was apart of the Blazer team that won the Division II National Championship. Jones ended his career at VSU on the All-GSC football list as a first team member.

Born in Illinois to Othello and Twinette Jones, Jones and his family moved to Tucker, Georgia while he was still young. Playing football at the age of 11, Jones was a quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back.

While playing football at Tucker High, a tragic event occurred that changed Jones’ whole outlook of the game.

“In the 10th grade, my grandma passed and she never got to see me play football. From that moment on, I started playing every game for her,” said Jones.

With that motivation, Jones graduated Tucker in 2010 and began a new journey in his life, college.

Coming into Valdosta State, Jones had been primarily a defense back in high school. However coaches at VSU quickly saw the advantage of having Jones’ 6’ 4”, 205 lb.. frame lined up as a receiver for the offense. From that day on, Jones worked hard and grew to become the receiver he is today.

His experience as a Blazer is one that he cherishes.

“I liked everything about Valdosta State. Good coaches, good players, nice campus and environment. I feel like we could have had a little more support from the students though, sometimes people would walk around with UGA hoodies on, and I would wonder why not a Valdosta State hoodie,” said Jones.

He also learned the importance of staying in your books to succeed.

Some of the accomplishments Jones achieved as a Blazer were the highlights of his life.

“Graduating high school, making it through college, playing football four years in college, winning a National Championship, scoring six touchdowns in a game, pretty much just being blessed to still be living life are the greatest accomplishments I have reached so far,” said Jones on his accomplishments.

Scoring six touchdowns in a single game against Delta State on Nov. 2 also cemented Jones’ place in the GSC record books, breaking the single game touchdown record that had stood pat for 20 years, in addition to breaking the record for most points scored in a game by an individual with 36.

“Delta State was my best game. We were down the whole game and we were trying to make the playoffs. Every time he (Kaleb Nobles) threw me the ball, I practically scored a touchdown. It sucks we still lost that game,” said Jones.

Jones has a personality off the field that makes him a great person to be around.

“I’m a humble, athletic guy, who is good looking and intelligent. One thing about me is that I like giving people chances and I don’t judge people.” said Jones. “My personality is what makes me unique. I don’t think I’m like anyone else. The main thing about me is that I don’t judge anyone and that’s not a quality a lot of people have. I also don’t like watching people get picked on and bullied, It’s like my soft spot.”

On the football field, ‘Stretch’ uses his long arms and 4.4 speed to make plays on offense.

“My strengths are my speed, route running and blocking ability. I’m an unselfish player and a great teammate too,” said Jones. “I don’t know about any weaknesses though.”

As a Blazer, Jones cherished being apart of the 2012 National Championship team.

“The season we won the Championship was my favorite as a Blazer. If you played apart of that team, you’d understand. We had a bond, you couldn’t break any of us up. We did everything together - truly a brotherhood,” said Jones.

In his last season as a senior, Jones felt like the best game for the team was against West Georgia on October 19, 2013.

“When we played West Georgia, we were down 17 at the half. We had a freshman quarterback come in the game and helped us win it. It was a great game for our team,” said Jones.

Leaving behind records and memories is nice, but what Jones really wants to be remember as is a mentor to his teammates he has left behind.

“A mark I think I left on VSU is that I was a good receiver and a role model to the underclassmen,” said Jones.

In 5 years, Jones sees himself playing football for an NFL team, which he calls his ‘ultimate goal’.

“I love the game so much. The NFL is something I always wanted to be a part of. As I got older, I became a better player and student of the game. It’s something I love to do and I feel like I can compete at any level,” commented Jones on his interest in the NFL.

When asked what team he would like to play for if he could pick, Jones had this to say.

“Honestly Chicago is my favorite team, but I don’t think their scheme would fit me. I wouldn’t mind staying in Atlanta helping out the Falcons receiving core. I like their offensive scheme,” said Jones.

Currently, Jones has been training for future NFL opportunities, his first big on coming this Saturday as he will participate in the NFL Players Association East vs. West Shrine Bowl Game in Tampa, Fla.

“It’s a great honor to be able to play in a big game like this. Especially coming out of a division 2 school. I think I’m going to do well, and try my best to stand out. I’m going to show everyone what I can do,” said Jones.

Jones will be apart of the West team, coached by former Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Romeo Crenel. Practices for Saturday’s game began yesterday and will run the whole week prior to the game. Jones is excited about the opportunity to work with the players and coaches.

“It’s a blessing; the whole thing is a blessing. He’s (Crenel) a great coach.”

As Jones’ journey to make it to the NFL continues, will the Blazers be able to add yet another former player to a NFL roster this off season?

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