North Carolina senior receiver Dwight Jones has been reinstated by the NCAA and will play in the Independence Bowl, according to a school spokesman. Jones was declared ineligible by the university after it learned that he allowed his name and picture to be used on a flier promoting a party.
“It’s a big relief,” quarterback Bryn Renner said. “Dwight is one of the best receivers in the country in my opinion, and to have No. 83 on my left side and know he’s going to be there, it’s a great feeling.”
Jones caught 79 passes for 1,119 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. His reinstatement means that the Tar Heels don’t have to depend on true freshman kick returner T.J. Thorpe, a talented young player whose experience as a receiver pales in comparison to Jones.