Perhaps the best athlete on the Missouri football team, has become the newest star in the secondary and enters the 2000 campaign as one of the premier defensive backs in the Big 12 Conference ... has played every position in the Tigers? secondary and became Mizzou?s starting free safety in 1999 ... will shift to halfback this season, but will still see some time at free safety, depending on the opponent ... has great speed (4.5), the best vertical jump on the team, 37.5 inches, and has a standing broad jump of 11-feet, 3 inches ... at one of the team?s Olympic competitions, high jumped 6-foot-10 diving head-first over the bar.
1999: Third team All-Big 12 selection by the coaches and a member of the Missouri Champions Club ... led the Big 12 Conference with six interceptions, with five inteceptions in four consecutive games ... intercepted two passes in the game at Memphis ... ranked fourth on the Mizzou tackles chart with 91 ... recorded four double-digit tackle games ... made 14 tackles at Oklahoma and followed that performance the following week with 13 against Texas A&M ... also broke up three passes, forced a fumble and blocked a punt ... off the field, earned second team Academic All-Big 12.
1998: Was the MVP of the Insight.com Bowl ... was called on at the last minute to start for the first time in his career at cornerback ... in the 34-41 victory over West Virginia, made 10 tackles, broke up two passes, intercepted one, blocked a punt for a safety and returned the free kick that followed 39 yards to set up a touchdown ... was Mizzou?s special teams MVP and won the special teams ?player of the game? award three times ... blocked a punt in the season opener vs. Bowling Green and deflected another later in the season ... became a kickoff returner at Iowa State and returned his firt one 45 yards ... averaged 20 yards per return for the season.
1997: Played in every game and made tackles in nine of them ... played his best games against the toughest opponents, recording 13 tackles against Nebraska and 10 vs. Kansas State ... finished the season with 31 tackles, 22 of them unassisted ... also recovered one fumble.
High School: A versatile athlete who played tailback, wide receiver, defensive back and returned kicks for Carl Albert High School ... as a senior, caught 16 passes for 495 yards (23.1 yards per reception) and five touchdowns ... returned five punts for 94 yards, and on defense, made 88 tackles and intercepted four passes ... team captain who received the Dr. Pepper Standout Player of the Week and Player of the Year awards in 1995 ... Kiwanis student-athlete-of-the-month for December, 1995 ... also a member of the basketball, baseball and track teams at Carl Albert High ... played on state football championship team as a sophomore ... also recruited by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and Texas Tech.
Personal: Son of Wayne and Brenda Jones ... father is an electrical engineer, mother an inventory management specialist ... high school coach ? Gary Rose ... born June 8, 1978 in Phoenix, Ariz ... major ? general agriculture ... second-team academic all-Big 12 selection ... member of MU?s academic top-10 list ... was a 3.0 student in high school ... hobbies are hunting, fishing, swimming, music and playing video games.
JONES? CAREER STATISTICS
Also blocked a punt for 9 yards vs. Bowling Green in 1998. Made 10 tackles a pass interception, broke up two passes and blocked a punt for a safety in the ?98 Insight.com Bowl. Also returned a free kick 39 yards and a kickoff 25 yards in the ?98 Insight.com Bowl.
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