SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Through three games, TJ Jones has proved himself as a legitimate No. 2 receiver for Notre Dame, opposite Michael Floyd. He's not just the player coach Brian Kelly got in his face for a mistake in the season opener.
Jones, who has two touchdowns and 126 yards receiving, has worked his way up the depth chart with the Fighting Irish, but his biggest challenge came off the field while he was getting ready for his sophomore season.
In June, Jones' father Andre, who played football at Notre Dame, died at age 42 as a result of a brain aneurysm. Jones no longer needed to just step up on the field, he needed solidify his family life.