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Former Panther running back returns from injury
Shorter University running back and former Liberty County Panther Roderick Jones hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass last week. It was his first game back after a shoulder injury. - photo by Photo provided.

Former Liberty County High School running back Roderick Jones missed three games this season for Shorter University as he healed a shoulder injury. But he came back in a big way.
Last Saturday, in his first game back from a dislocated shoulder, Jones had two long touchdowns in the Hawks’ 45-28 loss to Carson-Newman in Rome.
According to, Jones had a 40-yard touchdown reception and added 89 yards on the ground, 83 of that on a touchdown run that brought the Hawks three points away from the visiting Eagles, who were ranked No. 18 in the NCAA Division II.
Jones said it felt great to be back in action after dislocating his shoulder in the second game of the season. “I was having a good game then and in the beginning of the third quarter I was cut blocking and landed on it wrong,” he said.
In his three games so far this season, Jones has six carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns and four receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns. He returned one kick for 40 yards.
In his freshman season at Shorter, Jones played in seven games, rushing for 19 yards on six carries. During his sophomore season, Jones rushed for 83 yards on seven carries. As a junior, Jones played in 10 games, rushing for 252 yards on 31 carries.

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