Former Arkansas QB Jones Faces Cocaine Charge

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Former Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones, now a receiver with the Jacksonville Jaguars, pleaded not guilty Monday to possession of cocaine, a charge that carries up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The former Arkansas quarterback was arrested July 10th when a Fayetteville police officer saw him inside a car allegedly cutting up cocaine with a credit card.

Jones is free on a $2,500 bond. He faces an October 10 trial date - two days before the Jaguars play at Denver.

Jones' father, Steve, has denied the cocaine was in his son's possession. He acknowledged it was in the vehicle, however, and in "closest proximity to Matt."

Neither Jones nor his attorney would comment to reporters after the brief hearing Monday morning.

Jones, a first-round pick in 2005, has been criticized for not living up to his potential. But Jones stood out in the team's first preseason scrimmage and drew praise from coach Jack Del Rio.

Jones had three catches for 37 yards in Jacksonville's 20-17 victory Saturday night over the Atlanta Falcons.

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