Jones Back for Arizona
Derrick Jones
Derrick Jones
UO Athletic Department
Posted Nov 14, 2007

EUGENE – The suspension of Oregon sophomore wide receiver Derrick Jones has been lifted for Thursday night’s football game at Arizona, according to Head Coach Mike Bellotti, but the Ducks’ 13th-year head coach stressed that Jones would have to adhere to a weekly set of guidelines to remain eligible to play in each of the team’s final two regular-season games as well as the post-season.

Bellotti announced Jones’ initial suspension on Oct. 19 for a violation of team rules, one day before Oregon was to play at the University of Washington. Jones has since missed the Ducks last three games but will accompany the team when it travels to Tucson, Ariz., Wednesday.

Bellotti reiterated that should Jones fail to meet team standards, his suspension could be invoked at any time.

Jones had caught 11 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns through Oregon’s first six games this season.

The absence of Jones has resulted in an increased role for freshman Aaron Pflugrad, who has started the Ducks’ last three games and has accumulated 14 catches for 133 yards and one touchdown this season.

Oregon will attempt to improve its 8-1 record and maintain the lead in the Pacific-10 Conference race when it plays at Arizona Thursday night in a national ESPN telecast that kicks off at 6 p.m. (PST).

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