Jones Pleads Not Guilty to Cocaine Charge

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Matt Jones has pleaded not guilty to possession of cocaine, a charge that carries up to 10 years in prison and a 10,000-dollar fine.

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

The 25-year-old former Arkansas Razorback quarterback who was taken in the first round by Jacksonville in 2005 was arrested July 10th when a Fayetteville police officer saw him inside a car allegedly cutting up cocaine with a credit card.

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.

In his years with the Jaguars, Jones 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-to-17 victory Saturday night over the Atlanta Falcons.