Terris Jones-Grigsby has taken a long road to be a part of the starting running back competition and now that he is in it, he does not want to focus too much on the possibility of being named the starter.
"Overall I think we are looking pretty good in the backfield," Jones-Grigsby said. "We are working hard, still don’t know who the guy is, but we are taking it day by day."I don’t really look at the competition. I am just focused on going out to practice and doing what I need to do to show the coaches that I am here and in contention to be that guy."
Ka'Deem Carey may be in the NFL, but Jones-Grigsby does not feel that means the running game won't be as effective.
"It’s a different feeling knowing we don’t have that one guy to depend on, I know the coaches feel that way," he said. "To us, it is a chance to show them that we have another Ka’Deem, but they just don’t know it yet.
"It could be by committee or one person, but right now we are just looking to get each other better."
Arizona may not name a starting running back until game week, but Jones-Grigsby does not seem upset by that idea.
"It doesn’t bother me," he said. "I am taking one reps and then I am also doing one reps with special teams. Any way I can get on the field, I am going to try to do it to the best of my abilities."
"They learn quickly," Jones-Grigsby said. "They learned quicker than the older guys did. Nick is running hard and everybody said he reminds them of Ka’Deem. He is not taking that to his head, but he is working on his craft.
"Jonathan Haden is really fast and will get some time in the slot. Adonis is new, but he is a senior and he looks like he has strong capabilities as well."
As Jones-Grigsby is in his final year at Arizona, he looks back and sees just how much he has changed.
"I became a lot more humble and I know I have a strong supporting staff with my coaches and teammates," he said. "Being a walk-on and losing my eligibility, they still stuck with me and gave me a chance and I am truly grateful."