It should be noted that the resurgence of the Boulder football team in 2015 was a product of desire from a large senior class to go out on a high note after three previous years of mediocrity.
Among the 17 of them, running back TJ Jones is singing soprano just about now.
There is no "choir boy" persona about his game — make no mistake about that — but Jones was proud of his teammates for getting Boulder to the playoffs for the first time in a long, long time.
He punished just about everybody he faced this season, found pay dirt in every game he played, and for his efforts following up a Class 5A rushing title as a junior, Jones has been named BoCoPreps.com offensive player of the year.
"Being a senior, it felt great to be a part of a team that wanted to be a part of the playoffs more than anything," Jones said last week. "I tried doing my best in helping out as much as I could.
"I just wanted to make some more goals for myself, too, and I think I accomplished what I wanted."
After a special 2014 season that included 2,494 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns in 10 games, he was more than just a blip on the radar for his senior season.
He worked with the track team to increase his speed and this year ran for 1,662 yards in nine games, including five contests of 200 or more yards. Jones' rushing total was good for second in 5A, with Grandview's Hayden Blubaugh going for 2,386 yards with three more games in tow.
More importantly, he scored 28 rushing touchdowns and added a couple of kickoff return scores — when opponents would make the mistake of kicking to him, of course.
Six of those scores came against Prairie View in what could be described as a season-altering win and one of the best individual performances of the Colorado football season. He scored on runs of 34, 56, 32, 41 and 10 yards and added an unbelievable 96-yard kickoff return.
He also scored five times against Far Northeast (formerly Montbello) but was an equal-opportunity point producer with eight multi-touchdown games. His season was legitimized by a 188-yard, two-touchdown performance against Fairview and a 100-yard day against Legacy in the playoffs.
"Our plan would have been a little bit different without him, because Todd is a very unique and talented individual," Boulder head coach Bob Simmons said. "You don't count on one person entirely, but when you have a kid of that caliber you find the ways to get him the ball.
"He did a great job to get faster and stronger. He didn't get as many kickoff returns because teams got smart. But he was special in every category."
"I was able to get around the corner a lot faster this year ... but with the offensive line, we just had so much more experience," Jones said. "For me, it was all about patience and being able to wait for something else if one thing doesn't open up. Continue to drive downfield and show patience."