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FOOTBALL -- Mikey Jones leaving FCS

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Will enroll at IMG Academy in Florida
Friendship Christian football standout Mikey Jones will be leaving the Lebanon private school at the semester and reportedly enroll at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL at the semester break.

Jones, the son of former NFL lineman Mike Jones, was a two-year starter at quarterback for the Commanders, helping the team to a record of 18-6 and two trips to the Division II-A quarterfinals -- including an 8-4 mark this past season.

"The family is relocating to Florida," said FCS head coach John McNeal. "Mikey will be leaving at the break and the rest of his family will be moving to Florida in the spring. I don't want to lose him, but this looks like the best thing for the Jones family.

"This is a great opportunity for him to concentrate on the defensive side of the ball. Not only will we be losing Mikey, we'll be losing 'Big Mike' (the elder Jones) who did great things as our defensive line coach."

As a sophomore, Jones completed 53-of-107 passing attempts (49 percent) for 908 yards. He threw 10 touchdown passes and six interceptions. He ran 143 times for 644 yards and six TDs. He also started in the secondary where he was in on 40 tackles with two QB sacks, an interception and one fumble recovery.

According the the IMG Academy website -- IMG was founded in 1978, when Nick Bollettieri created a tennis academy that allowed student-athletes to discover their ultimate potential through expert athletic training, and prepared them for success in all aspects of life through a college-preparatory education.

His vision ultimately evolved into IMG Academy, now a world leader in integrated academics, athletics, and personal development.

The football program was launched in 2013 and offers opportunities for both boarding and day students.

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