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Brian Jones
Brian Jones

Falmouth, Jamaica

Last College:
Connecticut, '80

Running Backs


12th Year at MU

2001-Present Running Backs, Missouri
1995-00 Running Backs, Toledo
1992-94 Receivers, Toledo
1991 Receivers, Lafayette College
1988-91 Receivers/OLB, Massachusetts
1984-87 Outside Linebackers, Villanova
1983-84 Offensive Line, Rensselear Poly Tech
Connecticut (1979)
Houston, Southern Texas
Zack Abron
3rd Team (2001)
Honorable Mention (2002)
2nd Team (2003)
Henry Josey
1st Team (2011)
Tony Temple
Honorable Mention (2006, 2007)
Derrick Washington
2nd Team. (2008)
Honorable Mention (2009)

Brian Jones has been a member of Gary Pinkel's coaching staff since 1992. He has coached an excellent running game for the last 17 seasons, after initially coaching wide receivers from 1992-94.

Jones oversaw the transformation of the Tiger offensive attack into one of the nation's most balanced, as Mizzou was one of just two schools nationally in 2011 to average at least 230 yards rushing and passing.

His tailbacks carried a big load in 2011, as the Tigers won the Big 12 Conference team rushing title, averaging a league-best 244.00 yards per game (ranking them 9th in the NCAA). Led by super sophomore Henry Josey, who ranked 2nd in the Big 12 (12th nationally), averaging 116.80 yards a game before ending his season early in game #10 against Texas. Despite his early end to the season, Josey earned unanimous 1st-Team All-Big 12 honors after beginning the year at No. 3 on the depth chart.

Jones and his troops also rose to the challenge in 2010, as a talented group of tailbacks combined in committee style to rush for over 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns as the Tiger run game ranked sixth in the Big 12 overall, averaging 156.38 yards per game (2,033 yards all told on the season).

In 2008, Jones took a first-year starter with limited prior experience, in true sophomore Derrick Washington, and helped mold him into one of the Big 12 Conference's top running backs. Washington became only the eighth running back in Mizzou history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, as he tallied 1,036 on 177 carries (5.9 avg.) in 2008. He added 17 rushing touchdowns in his first year as a starter, which was just one shy of the school single season record.

The 2009 season saw the Tiger run game contribute with 1,651 yards, of which 1,342 came from the trio of junior Derrick Washington, sophomore De'Vion Moore and true freshman Kendial Lawrence. Washington earned honorable mention All-Big 12 acclaim for his season, which included 865 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, to go with 26 receptions out of the backfield.

Of the eight Tiger running backs with 1,000-yard seasons, Jones has coached four of them in his time on the Mizzou sideline, including one each in three consecutive years, from 2006-08.

Jones helped develop Tony Temple into one of the top ball carriers in the Big 12 Conference in recent years, as the Kansas City, Mo., native ranked second in the league in rushing in 2006, with a career-high 1,063 yards and seven touchdowns, and followed with a 1,039-yard, 12-touchdown campaign in 2008, becoming the first running back in Mizzou history to claim multiple 1,000-yard seasons.

Temple closed his Tiger career in illustrious fashion, as he broke a 52-year old record by rushing for a Cotton Bowl-record 284 yards and four touchdowns in Mizzou's rout of Arkansas. The yardage total was also the second-most in the history of Division I-A bowl games.

With Mizzou's high-flying passing game getting most of the headlines, it's easy to overlook the fact that the Tigers also run the ball very well and very often. Mizzou ran for just under 2,500 yards in 2007 (2,467), and amassed 29 rushing touchdowns as well, providing a nice compliment to the air game. They followed with 2,153 yards and 28 rushing scores in 2008.

Temple earned honorable mention All-Big 12 status by league coaches in both 2006 and 2007. He also ran for 194 yards and two touchdowns in the 2006 Sun Bowl against Oregon State.

Despite their overall youth, and some injury problems for each one throughout the year, Jones' group made steady progress in 2005, and contributed heavily to MU's rushing attack, which ranked 3rd in the Big 12 Conference, and 17th in the NCAA, averaging 205.25 yards per game. Mizzou's tailbacks combined to rush for more than 1,100 yards and tallied 8 TDs in 2005, averaging a healthy 5.6 yards per carry. In May of 2006, Jones was one of only 25 coaches selected to participate in the prestigious NCAA Expert Coaches Academy.

Jones' backs rushed for over 1,200 yards and had 9 of MU's 13 rushing TDs on the season in 2004. They were led by junior Damien Nash, who had 792 yards and 7 TDs, and redshirt freshman Marcus Woods, who had 428 yards and 2 scores. Woods was named 1st-Team Freshman All-Big 12 for his efforts in 2004. Nash was a 5th-round draft pick by the Tennessee Titans in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Mizzou had one of the nation's most potent rushing attacks in 2003, as the Tigers pounded their way to 3,087 yards, good for a per-game average of 237.46 yards that ranked MU 1st in the Big 12 Conference and 6th in the NCAA statistics. It marked the first time since 1960 that MU won a conference rushing championship, when the Tigers led the old Big Eight with a mark of 249.3 yards per game. Missouri rushed for 38 touchdowns on the year, on the way to scoring a school single-season record 399 points.

Jones' workhorse from 2001-03 was tailback Zack Abron. Abron thrived under Jones' coaching and turned himself into one of the top backs in the Big 12 Conference. Abron rushed for a career-best 1,155 yards in 2003, making him only the 7th 1,000-yard rusher in MU history.

Abron set numerous career records in 2003, as he left MU holding the standard in rushing yards (3,198), touchdowns (42) and points (252). He improved his average yards per rush from 3.6 as a freshman in 2000 to a healthy 5.3 in 2003, and also worked with Jones to develop himself into a pass-catching threat out of the backfield. Abron was named 2nd-Team All-Big 12 in 2003 for his work, and went on to sign a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons following the 2004 Draft.

During Jones' last two seasons at Toledo, UT's running attack was ranked in the top-10 in the country. In 2000, the Rockets' running game ranked ninth in the country, racking up 253.8 yards per game. UT compiled 2,792 yards on the ground and averaged 5.43 yards per carry. In 1999, Toledo ranked 10th in the country in rushing, compiling 239.2 yards per outing and ranked No. 1 in the nation in yards per attempt (5.35). Jones' protégé Chester Taylor racked up 1,176 yards and ranked 20th in the country, while his rushing average of 6.5 yards per carry ranked second-best in the nation.

In 1995, Toledo led the league and ranked fifth in the nation in rushing, averaging 244.5 yards per game. The Rockets' starting tailback that season, Wasean Tait, broke 16 school records. Tait was the named the MAC Player of the Year and garnered second team All-America honors ranking second in the nation in rushing and third in scoring.

Jones came to Toledo from Lafayette College where he served as the wide receivers coach for one season. Prior to that, Jones served three years each as an assistant coach with the Massachusetts (1988-91) and Villanova (1984-87).

He also had coaching stints at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (1983-84), Norwich (VT) University (1982-83) and the New York Institute of Technology (1981-82).

Jones was an offensive lineman at the University of Connecticut, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing in 1980. He also holds a Master of Science degree in administration and physical education from Norwich (1983).

Jones was born in Jamaica and raised in New York City. He and his wife, Mary Kay, are the parents of sons Grant and Brandon, and daughter Audrey.