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(Booker T. Washington HS)
2005 FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
OUTLOOK: With two outstanding seasons in a Razorback uniform, he has established himself as one of the nation’s premier tailbacks and kickoff returners. Jones has played his way onto the national scene with his diverse talents and big-play capability. He became only the eighth Razorback in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards last season, racking up 1,168 yards, including a career-high 150 yards against No. 7 Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. He teamed with fellow tailback Darren McFadden to become just the third duo in SEC history and the 38th tandem in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards in the same season in 2006. Jones owns seven 100-yard rushing games in his career. His career average of 7.09 yards per carry ranks first in school history. He was a first-team All-SEC selection last season and has already been named to several 2007 pre-season first-team All-SEC squads as both a tailback and a kick returner. He was the first UA freshman in history to earn first-team All-America honors in 2005 after he was named to CollegeFootballNews.com’s squad as a return specialist. He already ranks third on the UA career kickoff return yards list and his career average of 27.42 is a school record. He is slated to return kickoffs again this season. Jones is essentially a co-starter with McFadden at tailback heading into the 2007 season due to the versatility of both players. The duo is often on the field at the same time including in the “Wildcat” package.
2006: Despite sharing the backfield and carries with Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden, Jones posted a spectacular season at tailback. He played in all 14 games earning a starting nod in six contests, including two starts at tailback and four starts at wide receiver. He was named with McFadden to the CollegeFootballNews.com and Scout.com first-team All-SEC squads at running back. Jones was a second-team All-SEC selection by The Associated Press and SEC Coaches at both running back, all-purpose back (AP) and return specialist (SEC Coaches). CollegeFootballNews.com also named him an honorable mention sophomore All-American after Jones became only the eighth UA running back in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards when he earned 1,168 yards on 154 carries. His total ranked as the seventh-best single-season rushing total in UA history and one of 12 1,000-yard rushing campaigns in Razorback history. Jones and McFadden (1,647) became only the third duo in SEC history and the 38th combo in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. The teammates were the second-most potent rushing tandem in the nation and the top running back duo with a combined 201.1 yards per game. Jones finished second in the SEC in rushing (83.43 yards per game) and joined McFadden as the only two backs to earn 1,000 yards rushing on the season. He rushed for 100 yards or more five times on the season, including against three top-10 teams in No. 2 Auburn, No. 9 LSU and No. 7 Wisconsin. He also rushed for 100 yards in non-conference games against Southeast Missouri State and Louisiana-Monroe. Jones led the SEC and ranked second in the nation with a 7.58 yards-per-carry average. He averaged more than 6.9 yards per carry in nine of 14 games including double-digit carry averages in four games. He was third in the SEC and 22nd in the nation in all-purpose yardage with an average of 130.64 yards per outing. His total of 1,829 all-purpose yardage broke the previous UA record and ranked second on the UA single-season list only to McFadden’s (2,058 yards) in the same season. He led the Razorbacks, ranked third in the SEC and 32nd in the nation with an average of 24.1 yards per kickoff return. He returned 23 kickoffs for 554 yards and one touchdown. His 554 kickoff return yardage total ranked second on the UA season record list while his 23 returns ranked tied for third. He became only one of two Razorbacks (Boyd Cypert) and one of two SEC players (John Avery – Ole Miss) to record two 100-yard kickoffs for touchdowns in his career when he raced 100 yards for a score against Ole Miss. Jones also accomplished the feat in 2005 against Mississippi State. – He started the USC game at tailback while McFadden lined up at flanker on the first play. He rushed seven times for 48 yards including a long of 24 yards against the Trojans. Jones fumbled three times in the loss. He also hauled in three catches for 20 yards in the season opener. He came off the bench to rush for 68 yards on nine carries in the Hogs’ win over Utah State. He reeled off a highlight reel 35-yard run in the first quarter against the Aggies. After nearly going down approximately seven yards from the line of scrimmage, he regained his balance and scampered down to the Utah State one-yard line. He returned his first kickoff of the season for 23 yards in the victory. Jones led the Razorbacks in rushing with 78 yards on 11 carries in a road win at Vanderbilt, including a 33-yard carry. He tallied his first collegiate receiving touchdown on a 21-yard pass from quarterback Mitch Mustain in the second quarter. He returned three kickoffs for 57 yards including a 23-yard return. In all, he garnered 156 all-purpose yards against Vanderbilt. He racked up 127 all-purpose yards including 65 yards on four carries against No. 22 Alabama. He reeled off runs of 6, 10, 23 and 26 yards against the Crimson Tide. He also hauled in one pass for 23 yards, matching his career-long reception. He returned three kickoffs for 39 yards in the Hogs’ double-overtime victory. He also made a tackle after a UA interception against Alabama. He rushed 13 times for 104 yards and one touchdown in the Hogs’ 27-10 upset of No. 2 Auburn. He earned the third 100-yard rushing game of his career against the Tigers. He joined McFadden (145) in rushing for more than 100 yards against Auburn. Jones recorded a long run of 28 yards in the win. He scored his touchdown on a third-down and one play in the third quarter. Prior to the Arkansas game, Auburn hadn’t allowed a rushing touchdown. He tied a career high with three receptions for eight yards. He returned one kickoff for 23 yards against the Tigers. He eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the second-consecutive game with 106 yards and one touchdown on only five rushing attempts in the Razorbacks’ 63-7 win over Southeast Missouri State. Jones, coupled with Michael Smith (116 yards), gave Arkansas two 100-yard rushers for the second-consecutive game, marking the first time that has happened in UA history. Jones tied for the fourth-longest touchdown run in school history when he darted 85 yards for a score against the Redhawks in the second quarter. He tied Aubrey Fowler (1946) on the list and earned the longest touchdown run by a Razorback since Ben Cowins raced 89-yards against Houston in 1976. Jones garnered SEC Special Teams and Hogwired.com Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his performance in the Hogs’ 38-3 win over Ole Miss. He returned the opening kickoff of the game 100 yards for a touchdown. It was the second time in his career (Mississippi State - 2005) he had accomplished the feat. It was the eighth 100-yard kickoff return in Arkansas history and the 36th such return in SEC history. The TD return also marked the first kickoff return for a score against the Rebels since 1988. In addition to his electrifying kickoff return, Jones earned 51 yards on nine carries and two yards on one reception in the victory. He tallied a total of 153 all-purpose yards against the Rebels. Jones turned in a career day with 141 yards rushing and one touchdown on only nine carries in Arkansas’ 44-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe. He averaged 15.7 yards per carry against the Warhawks including runs of 6, 6, 7, 19, 20, 22 and 58 yards. Four of his nine runs earned first-down yardage. He also returned two kickoffs for 39 yards against the Warhawks. He rushed 21 times for 53 yards including a long gain of 20 yards in Arkansas’ 26-20 win over South Carolina. He also returned two kickoffs for 44 yards against the Gamecocks. Jones racked up 72 yards on 13 carries against No. 13 Tennessee. He recorded a 29-yard run against the Volunteers. He also returned a kickoff for 10 yards in the Hogs’ win. He earned 38 yards on 10 rushing attempts in Arkansas’ road win at Mississippi State. He also carded a 51-yard kickoff return against the Bulldogs in his only attempt of the afternoon. Jones tallied his fourth 100-yard effort of the season with a 16-carry, 137-yard outing against No. 9 LSU. He scored on a five-yard run in the fourth quarter. He netted nine runs of seven yards or more including rushes of 12, 16, 18 and 40 yards and six first-down carries. He returned three kickoffs for 82 yards, including a 62-yard return in the fourth quarter to set up a UA touchdown. Jones earned 219 all-purpose yards against the LSU defense that entered the game as the nation’s No. 1 defense. Jones rushed 13 times for 57 yards and hauled in two catches for 31 yards and two touchdowns in Arkansas’ loss to Florida in the SEC Championship Game. The sophomore eclipsed the 1,000-yard season rushing mark on his 13th rushing attempt of the day on a 31-yard run. Jones’ hauled in his second and third career touchdown receptions against the Gators. McFadden hit Jones for a two-yard score in the third quarter while Cedric Washington found Jones for a 29-yard score on a double pass trick play. He returned four kickoffs for 68 yards with a long return of 22 yards in the conference title game. Jones saved his best for the final game of the year as he racked up a career-high 150 yards on 14 carries against No. 7 Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. He scored two rushing touchdowns including a 76-yard dash to the end zone in the first quarter. The long-distance run was the longest scoring run in UA bowl history and the second-longest run in Capital One Bowl history. He also found the end zone on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter. In addition, Jones hauled in a career-high four receptions for two yards and returned one kickoff for 18 yards against the Badgers.
2005: With a brilliant season as a kickoff returner and a reserve tailback, he managed to accomplish something that no other Razorback freshman had accomplished in the history of Arkansas football. He became the first freshman in school history to earn first-team All-America honors when CollegeFootballNews.com named him to its post-season team as a kickoff return specialist. He finished second in the nation with a 31.9-yard kickoff return average, racking up 543 yards and one touchdown on 17 returns. His average was tops in the NCAA after regular season play, was more than six-yards better than his nearest rival in the SEC statistical rankings and almost seven yards better than the previous school record. His 543 total kickoff return yards were the second-most in a single season in school history. As a tailback, he rushed for 626 yards and three touchdowns on 99 attempts. He ranked second on the team and 10th in the SEC in rushing with an average of 56.9 yards per game. Jones and McFadden tied for the SEC lead with 6.3 yards per carry. He is just the second Hog in school history to record two 100-yard rushing games as a freshman. He ranked fifth in the league and 63rd in the nation with 116.4 all-purpose yards per game (1,280 total yards). He recorded at least 100 all-purpose yards in seven of 11 games. He hauled in eight receptions for 100 yards and earned 11 yards on one punt return. In addition to his first-team All-America accolades, he was an honorable mention All-American by SI.com. He was a first-team freshman All-American by Scout.com, the Football Writers Association of America (kick returner) and CollegeFootballNews.com (kick returner); second-team by Rivals.com and The Sporting News (both as a kick returner); and an honorable mention freshman All-American at tailback by The Sporting News. He made All-SEC teams chosen by CollegeFootballNews.com and the league’s coaches (second team as a kick returner), and was honorable mention as an all-purpose back by the Associated Press. He also made SEC All-Freshman teams selected by the league’s coaches and The Sporting News (both as a kick returner). – In his Razorback debut, he became the first UA freshman running back to rush for 100 yards in his first collegiate game and only the ninth UA freshman to rush for 100 yards in a game. The Tulsa, Okla., native racked up a game-high 137 yards and one touchdown on eight carries against Missouri State. He earned the league’s inaugural SEC Freshman of the Week award for his efforts. The 137 yards was at the time the third-most by any freshman in a game in school history. He boasted a 17.1 yards per carry average against the Bears. His 137 rushing yards rank sixth on the UA record list for rushing yards by a freshman in a single game. He set a UA freshman record when he dashed 80 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter. It was the longest rushing touchdown by a Razorback since Fred Talley darted 81 yards against Central Florida in 2001. He garnered only one carry in the Vanderbilt game for a loss of one yard. He did return a kickoff 44 yards against the Commodores. He was second on the team in rushing with 66 yards against No. 1 USC. He caught his first pass, an 11-yard reception, on Arkansas’ first play from scrimmage against the Trojans. He also returned four kickoffs for 147 yards, including a then-career-long 67-yard return against USC. Jones’ 67-yard kickoff return was the longest by a Razorback since Lawrence Richardson ran 98 yards against Weber State in 2001. He ran for 48 yards on 10 carries at Alabama with a long gain of 16 yards. He totaled 103 yards of total offense, which was his third game in four outings of more than 100 yards of total offense. He returned two kicks for 55 yards, including a 37-yard burst against the Crimson Tide. He recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season against Louisiana-Monroe with 102 yards on 14 carries and a career-high two touchdowns. He scored from three and four yards out against the Indians. Coupled with McFadden’s 125-yard rushing performance, the players became the first UA freshmen duo to rush for 100 yards or more in the same game. He also hauled in two catches for 31 yards including a season-long reception of 23 yards. He racked up 20 rushing yards on six carries and caught one pass for three yards against Auburn. He also returned five kickoffs for 117 yards for a 23.4 average and netted 140 total yards against the Tigers. He rushed for 62 yards and caught a career-best three passes for 43 yards against Georgia. He exploded around right end for 35 yards down to the Georgia five-yard line in the fourth quarter to set up a touchdown. He rolled up 66 yards on 11 carries (6.0 ypc) against South Carolina, but did not get a chance to return a kick for the second-consecutive week as SEC opponents looked to keep the ball out of his hands on kickoffs. He did tally one reception for 12 yards against the Gamecocks. He ran for a team-high 50 yards on 13 carries in a 28-17 win at Ole Miss. He didn’t get a kickoff return opportunity against the Rebels. He put an exclamation point on his fabulous rookie campaign with a memorable performance in the Hogs’ final home game against Mississippi State. He racked up 171 all-purpose yards with 100 yards in kickoff return yardage and 71 yards on 10 rushes. After not getting a kickoff return opportunity in the previous three games, he took out his frustrations on his only return against the Bulldogs and tied a school record in the process. He became just the seventh player in school history to return a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. At LSU, he earned 37 yards on two kickoff returns and rushed for five yards on four carries.
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: He was named the Tulsa World Player of the Year following his senior season after rushing for 2,282 yards and 48 touchdowns on 205 carries. He averaged 11.1 yards per carry for Coach Antwain Jimmerson. He led his squad to a 13-1 record and a state runner-up finish. He rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns in the 5A state championship game. He sustained a broken ankle early in his junior season, but still managed to rack up 800 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns. Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 19 athlete in the nation and the No. 4 overall player in Oklahoma. In addition to Arkansas, he was recruited by Tennessee, Texas A&M, Kansas, LSU, Oklahoma State and Nebraska.
PERSONAL: Born May 8, 1987, he is the son of Felix and Debra Jones. He is enrolled in the College of Education and Health Professions and is majoring in kinesiology with an emphasis on teaching.