This archived article was written by: Kyndall Gardner
Michael Jones is a student athlete at Utah State University Eastern playing for the men’s soccer team as a left wing defender. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Jones found his love for soccer with a family of two brothers, and a loving mother and father.
Jones enjoys Frisbee Golf and lifting in his spare time. His favorite foods are spaghetti and tacos. He also enjoys the color yellow and being friendly to everyone.
Jones is humble, yet confident. “I love being nice to everyone I meet and love making a good first impression.” One of his best qualities he feels he has is that he’s an all-around nice guy and easy to get along with. Jones is a social character and loves to get out and be himself. As far as looks go, his best quality is his hair. “I love being able to look stylish.”
After college, Jones plans on pursuing his career to become a land surveyor. “I plan on living in New York while driving my dream car: a Koenigsegg Agera R and having a good-looking wife.” He plans on being successful.
Jones’ biggest fears are letting down his parents and not being successful in the future. “I am not a huge fan of scary movies either.”
Being a lady’s man, Jones has found himself on many dates. However, the worst date was when he went on a date with a girl who had an identical twin. “They pulled a joke on me and switched places. I ended up going on a date with the wrong girl and didn’t even realize it until they told me later.”
If Jones had 24 hours left to live, he would spend time watching superhero movies with his family and close friends.
Embarrassing moments rarely happen to him; however the worst moment was at a swim party. “I dove into the water with my swimsuit loosely tied… after coming out of the water, I realized that my pants had slipped off and I was in the nude in front of family and friends.”
Jones has played soccer for 14 years. His most victorious sports moment was going to the Dallas Cup Soccer Final. “We played teams from Mexico and England. We ended up losing the final match by one goal… yet, I was still proud of my team.”
Jones’ biggest hero is, “David Beckham, because of how he handles difficult situation.” Jones was a crazy child and commonly did things to upset his parents. “I would microwave Hot Pockets the wrong way and almost burnt my house down on several occasions.”
One of Jones’ hidden talents is longboarding and being good with his feet. If he could live anywhere, he would pick to live in New York. “I would love being surrounded by all of the people and the exciting atmosphere”.
One of the best memories Jones made with his team this year was their first trip together. “We traveled to Adams State. It was our first college soccer game together. Everyone was excited to hit the field and fight.”
Now entering spring season, Jones’ goal is to work on his game technique and critique his playing style. The team is doing many things to keep in shape for the season. “We practice every day and make sure to get game-like touches when we can. We also lift every day to ensure we are in shape for games.” Jones is looking forward to games against BYU, UVU and Colorado Mesa. He is excited to see how the team is progressing.