Athletes Beyond Bartow: Jones helps Rams to win over Wyoming
There was very limited action for former Bartow County athletes this past week. COVID-19 and other factors left players sidelined. Manny Jones, a standout at Woodland and current senior at Colorado State, had an excellent game in the Rams win over Wyoming. But he was the only local to see action during the week. Most notably, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence missed his second straight game as the Tigers fell at Notre Dame. The Cartersville High graduate and Heisman candidate will now have a bye week before his expected return at Florida State November 20. Other games canceled that kept local athletes sidelined included Charlotte (Jonathan Cruz) and Middle Tennessee (Jordan Ferguson) plus Louisville (Tee Webb) and Virginia. Alabama (Miller Forristall), Georgia Tech (Avery Showell), and Wake Forest (Isaiah Chaney, JaCorey Johns) were all on open weeks in their respective schedules.
Manny Jones (Colorado State Sr., Woodland) — Jones put together a monster performance in Colorado State’s second game of its abbreviated season, piling up seven tackles (five solo), four stops behind the line of scrimmage and two sacks. His effort helped lead the Rams (1-1, 1-1 Mountain West) to a 34-24 victory Thursday over Wyoming. Jones will look for an encore showing this Thursday at Boise State.
Vic Beasley Jr. (Adairsville) — After being released Wednesday by the Tennessee Titans, Beasley cleared waivers Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, making the Adairsville native a free agent in the middle of the regular season. Beasley’s time in Tennessee got off to a rocky start when he reported late to training camp. Things didn’t get much better from there, as the former All-Pro edge rusher missed the Titans’ opening two games due to injury. Ultimately, he saw action in five games with Tennessee, recording three tackles (two solo), one tackle for loss and one forced fumble. If he’s hoping to return this season, Beasley should have a market, with teams hopeful he can regain his 2016 form that saw him lead the league with 15.5 sacks for the Atlanta Falcons. -- Report contributed by Nicholas Sullivan, The Daily Tribune News