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2015 NFL DRAFT

Howard Jones, OLB

School: Shepherd  |  Conference: WVIAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Woodbridge, VA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 235 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
156145
Player News
04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on Arizona's draft radar: LB Howard Jones, Shepherd: Despite the loss of Karlos Dansby, the Cardinals still have a deep group at linebacker. But there is always room to add depth, especially promising prospects who need to sit and learn like Jones. He arrived at Shepherd as a 185-pound wide receiver and slowly transitioned to the 235-pound linebacker that he is today. Jones is undeveloped with his technique and ballskills, but offers intriguing athletic traits and a solid resume despite starring at the Division-II level (holds the school record for career sacks, 34.5). He will likely require a patient coaching staff and is at least a year away from meaningful snaps, but there is a good chance Jones becomes the first Shepherd player to be drafted since 1979, possibly to Arizona in the later rounds. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/08/2013 - No. 25 Shepherd 33, No. 7 Shippensburg 0...Junior quarterback Trae Tinsman completed 14-of-23 passes for 138 yards and two scores, while redshirt-freshman running back Jabre Lolley added 18 carries for 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead No. 25 Shepherd to a 33-0 win against No. 7 Shippensburg in football action in at Ram Stadium on Saturday. Sophomore running back Allen Cross led all rushers with 26 carries for 106 yards. Blair Brooks had six carries for 34 yards to lead the Red Raiders.

Byrd led the Shepherd receivers with three receptions for 54 yards, while junior wide receiver William McKenzie had four catches for 22 yards. Trevor Harman had five receptions for 79 yards to lead Shippensburg. The Shepherd defense limited 2012 Harlon Hill award winner Zach Zulli to a 13-of-27 effort for 140 yards and two interceptions. The Rams also allowed only 32 rushing yards on the day. Shepherd also took advantage of six Shippensburg turnovers. Freshman linebacker Octavius Thomas recorded a team-high seven tackles (six solo), while sophomore outside linebacker David Gladden added six stops. Mike Goode recorded a game-high 11 tackles for the Red Raiders. - NCAA.com

08/07/2013 - The Shepherd Rams have been picked to win the first-ever Mountain East Conference football title after a vote conducted by the league's coaches. Shepherd collected eight of 11 possible first-place votes in earning 117 points. Charleston was picked to finish runner-up with 101 points and also received two first-place votes. Concord was picked to finish third (94), followed by Glenville State (83) and West Liberty (79). Urbana was picked to finish sixth and had 75 points and also received a first-place vote. Fairmont State (51) was predicted to finish in seventh, followed by Notre Dame College (40), UVa-Wise (31), West Virginia State (28) and West Virginia Wesleyan (27).

Shepherd returns eight starters on both offense and defense from a team that went 8-3 and earned a berth in the NCAA playoffs. The Rams will have to replace starting quarterback Bobby Cooper, but SU returns its entire offensive line that will pave the way for Jihad Rasheed and Allen Cross. The Rams also boast a stout defense that has led the country in rushing defense each of the last two seasons and boasts All-America candidates Howard Jones (defensive lineman) and Keon Robinson (cornerback/return specialist). - Mountain East football

 
Player News
04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on Arizona's draft radar: LB Howard Jones, Shepherd: Despite the loss of Karlos Dansby, the Cardinals still have a deep group at linebacker. But there is always room to add depth, especially promising prospects who need to sit and learn like Jones. He arrived at Shepherd as a 185-pound wide receiver and slowly transitioned to the 235-pound linebacker that he is today. Jones is undeveloped with his technique and ballskills, but offers intriguing athletic traits and a solid resume despite starring at the Division-II level (holds the school record for career sacks, 34.5). He will likely require a patient coaching staff and is at least a year away from meaningful snaps, but there is a good chance Jones becomes the first Shepherd player to be drafted since 1979, possibly to Arizona in the later rounds. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
 

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