01/13/2013 - Virginia senior captain Perry Jones has accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural Raycom College Football All-Star Classic. The contest is slated for Saturday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. EST and will be played at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. CBS Sports Network will televise the contest live. Jones (Chesapeake, Va.) will play for the Stripes, a team that will be coached by former NFL head coach Dan Reeves. The Raycom College Football All-Star Classic will be a week-long event that features elite college football seniors participating in NFL-formatted practices that are open to the public.
Jones finished his UVa career No. 9 all-time at UVa with 3,722 all-purpose yards and No. 17 in the Virginia annals with 2,033 career rushing yards. His 129 career receptions ranks No. 5 all-time at UVa and he became the fourth player in Virginia history and the 12th in ACC history to reach 1,000 career yards in both rushing and receiving.
Jones is the third Cavalier senior invited to a postseason all-star game. Offensive tackle Oday Aboushi is playing in the Senior Bowl and inside linebacker Steve Greer is playing in the East-West Shrine Game. - Virginia football
09/10/2012 - RB Perry Jones only ran for 14 yards in week 2, but it was good enough for him to supplant Bill Dudley for the 23rd spot on Virginia's career rushing list. Jones now has 1,636 yards. - The Sports Xchange
09/05/2012 - Virginia is challenging opponents to pick their poison when it comes to the ground game. Do they want to contend with Perry Jones, the versatile senior nicknamed Superman? How about Kevin Parks, who set the team record for rushing touchdowns by a freshman? OK, what about Khalek Shepherd? The Cavaliers gave Richmond a steady diet of all three in the 43-19 season-opening win over the Spiders. The result? Virginia ran for 184 yards and four touchdowns. Virginia ran it 42 times, with Jones, Parks and Shepherd all logging double-digit carry totals and each scoring a touchdown. That type of balance is a daunting prospect because it allows the Cavaliers to wear down teams as the game moves on, and run the football with greater success in crunch time. That's vital, especially when trying to protect a late lead. And while only one Cavalier can carry the ball at one time, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is finding ways to keep all three backs involved. Shepherd returned two kickoffs for 90 yards and caught a pass in addition to collecting 52 rushing yards with a touchdown on 10 carries. Parks and Jones also have shown the ability to catch the ball, and Jones threw a touchdown pass last season. "Anything we have to do, we are going to do it," Parks said. Good news for the Cavaliers, and a challenge for Penn State, which allowed 175 yards on the ground in its season-opening loss to Ohio. - The Sports Xchange
07/31/2012 - When Virginia ended spring practice back in April, Coach Mike London and offensive coordinator Bill Lazor spent a considerable amount of time discussing how they wanted to utilize their speed on the outside and throw the ball downfield more this season. Cavaliers running back Perry Jones likes the idea. Coming off a season in which he ran for 915 yards and caught 48 passes for 506 yards, the senior believes the strategy will soften up defenses. That, though, doesn't mean he envisions Virginia's offense going away from its bevy of talented tailbacks too often. "We'll be what the offense revolves around," Jones said with a smile. Virginia likely has the strongest stable of running backs in the ACC this season. Along with Jones, the Cavaliers also return sophomores Kevin Parks (709 yards, 9 touchdowns) and Clifton Richardson (366 yards) to a backfield that could be in store for even bigger numbers this year. "I'm quite sure that the other guys have the same mindset I have," Jones said. "Everybody, all the running backs, we would all love to get 30 carries and have 200 yards. But the coaches, they're getting paid for a reason because they know .?.?. that our rotation, the running back by committee, gives us the best chance to win a football game. We don't dwell on it. We don't sulk in our misery. We just back each other." - Mark Giannotto, The Washington Post
06/21/2012 - Top-five Virginia prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 4. RB Perry Jones (5-8, 185)...Nicknamed "Superman," Jones is a do-everything offensive weapon for the Cavaliers. Entering his third season as the starting running back, he is one of the top rushers and receivers for Virginia and will share the offensive team captain duties with Aboushi in 2012. Jones was a lightly recruited safety out of high school and appeared mostly on special teams for Virginia as a true freshman. He started 11 games at running back in 2010, but finished second on the team in rushing with 646 yards and one score. Jones started all 13 games as a junior last season, finishing with a team-best 915 rush yards and five touchdowns. He also finished second on the team in receiving with 48 grabs for 506 yards and three scores, earning All-ACC Honorable Mention honors. Despite his 185-pound frame, Jones is a decisive runner with a tough, hard-nosed running style, never backing down from contact. He runs with good balance and lateral agility, flashing deceiving quickness and impressive ballskills out of the backfield (80 career catches). Jones also contributes on special teams, but has struggled as a return man and needs to show better patience and discipline as a runner. He isn't yet a finished product, but Jones is one of the more underrated senior running backs in this draft class. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com