2009 - 2nd-Team Academic All-Big 12
Proven veteran tight end who is a true son of Mizzou to the core ... Looks to finish his career in style, and to figure more prominently into the offensive attack in 2011 ... He begins fall camp listed at No. 3 on the depth chart at the tight end spot ... Caught a pair of passes for 19 yards in the Black & Gold Spring Game to close out spring drills ... Is on pace to earn his undergraduate degree in agriculture this December - taking just three-and-a-half years.
Saw action in all 13 games on the year and caught one pass for a seven-yard gain against McNeese State ... Also played a key role on several special teams units throughout the season, helping the Tigers excel in those areas.
Caught eight passes for 43 yards in 13 games, which included eight starts overall ... Production was down from his freshman season, largely due to the emergence of Danario Alexander as the go-to guy in the passing game, but a shoulder injury suffered early in the year also factored in ... Caught three passes in the season opener against Illinois, going for 17 yards, and followed with two more receptions for six yards in game No. 2 against Bowling Green.
Highly-touted true freshman who saw action in all 14 games, and ended with 20 receptions for 146 yards on the season ... Proved crucial in Mizzou's North Division clinching win at Iowa State, as he caught a career-high seven passes for 61 yards on the night ... Caught at least one pass in 11-of-14 games, and caught two passes each against Kansas State, Buffalo and Southeast Missouri State ... Had a 12-yard reception against Illinois on the season's opening possession, his first catch as a Tiger ... Made his first career start against Kansas State, subbing for the injured Chase Coffman ... Added one catch against Kansas and made one grab against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game.
Four-star blue-chip national recruit who ranked as the No. 2 player overall in the state of Missouri by both Scout.com and Rivals, while Scout put him as the nation's No. 9 tight end prospect ... Ranked No. 16 nationally among tight ends according to ESPN.com ... Named an All-American by PrepStar Magazine ... Was invited to play in the prestigious Army All-American Bowl in 2008 ... High school coach - Greg Smith.
Parents - Carl & Betty Jones ... Had more than 30 scholarship offers, and could have gone to virtually any school in the country, but he chose Mizzou over such programs as Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, Wisconsin, Clemson, Colorado, Kansas State and Vanderbilt, among many others.