Jones’ special teams work earns him weekly honor

A background in special teams may one day serve Ricky Jones well.

To have a chance at cracking an NFL roster after this season, Jones will have to show he can contribute as a special teams player. Midway through his senior season, that’s what Jones is doing.

He blocked a punt and made two tackles on kickoffs during Saturday’s loss at Northwestern, earning himself IU’s weekly award for special teams work.

“Guys want a chance to have an NFL look, you’ve got to be good on special teams,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said. “For him to show up as a senior and the year’s not going probably the way he drew it up, and here’s a guy that’s playing well — that’s a great, great sign.”

While poor play and general inconsistencies undercut Indiana’s offense Saturday, Nick Westbrook had himself a nice day.

Westbrook made a career-high 10 catches for 126 yards, posting his third 100-yard game of the season.

Defensively, linebacker Tegray Scales and defensive end Nile Sykes shared IU’s weekly honors. Scales led IU in tackles for the fifth consecutive week — the second-longest active streak nationally — after posting 10 stops, nine solo and 2.5 tackles for loss.

Sykes made four tackles, three for loss, including two sacks.

IU’s scout team players of the week include defensive backs Jacob Attar and Johnny Albomonte, defensive lineman Gavin Everett, quarterback Danny Cameron, offensive lineman Grayson Stover and tight end Ryan Watercutter.