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UW guard savors first college start vs. Texas

Sep 6, 2012 - The Associated Press

LARAMIE -- Jake Jones may have a lot of fond memories when his football career comes to an end.

One that will stick out is his first game at the University of Wyoming.

Jones' debut was as the starting right guard last Saturday in front of 101,142 people at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

The Cowboys fell 37-17 in their season opener, but their efforts contributed to then-15th-ranked Texas dropping to No. 17 in this week's AP poll.

"It was awesome to be able to go out there and represent the state and play with my teammates," Jones said. "It was a rush of excitement.

"At first I was pretty nervous, but playing next to some big-time veterans helped a lot. They're great leaders and helped me through the process. They kept me calm and helped me be ready for it."

Jones shared time with senior Zach Rushing, just as he had done in fall camp.

The plan was for both to play at Texas and in the Cowboys' home opener at 2 p.m. on Saturday against Toledo.

"(Jones) and (Rushing) probably played the best," coach Dave Christensen "I was pleased. We will continue to rotate them. We will see how they practice. Anything can change around here."

Platooning and moving offensive linemen around is nothing new for UW. In each of the last two seasons, the Cowboys used seven different starting lineups. Some of that was due to injuries, some due to performance.

But at Texas the only consistent switches came at right guard. Jones was named the starter against Toledo when the depth chart came out Monday.

UW senior center Nick Carlson knows about switching positions. He played there most of last season, but he moved to guard for the last four games when his snaps out of the shotgun formation became erratic.

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