|Height: 5-10 | Weight: 207 | College: Arkansas|
Arkansas' duo of Felix Jones and Darren McFadden electrified Fayetteville for years. The junior tandem is taking the act to the NFL and not everyone is convinced Jones won't go from super backup to superstar.
Jones proved to be one of the best outside rushers in the SEC, but also has excelled as a kickoff returner. His average of 28.21 yards per kickoff return ranks ninth in NCAA Bowl Subdivision annals.
Known for his big-play ability, Jones' average yards per carry of 7.66 yards would be one for the college football all-time record books, if not for Glenn Davis of Army averaging 8.26 yards (358 attempts, 2,957 yards, 1943-46). Since Davis, the only players to average over seven yards per carry (minimum 350 attempts) were Mike Rozier of Nebraska (7.16-yard average on 688 runs for 4,780 yards, 1981-83) and Reggie Bush of Southern California (7.32-yard average on 433 carries for 3,169 yards, 2003-05).
The Razorbacks' tandem of McFadden (1,830) and Jones (1,162) amassed 2,992 yards on the ground in 2007. The only other tandems to gain more yardage in a season in NCAA annals were Barry Sanders (2,628) and Gerald Hudson (369) combining for 2,997 yards for Oklahoma State in 1988 and Reggie Bush (1,740) and LenDale White (1,302) combining for an NCAA record 3,042 yards for Southern California in 2005.
In the history of college football, having two players from the same team rush for over 1,000 yards each in the same season has been accomplished 41 times. McFadden and Jones (2006-07) and West Virginia's Steve Slaton and Patrick White (2006-07) joined Marion Barber III and Lawrence Maroney of Minnesota (2003-04) as the only duos to accomplish that feat more than once in a career over the last 30 years.
At Booker T. Washington High School, Jones was named the Tulsa World Player of the Year following his senior season, after rushing for 2,282 yards and 48 touchdowns on 205 carries (11.1-yard average). He led his squad to a 13-1 record and a state runner-up finish, as Jones rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns in the 5A state championship game. He was sidelined with a broken ankle early in his junior season, but still managed to rack up 800 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns. Rivals.com ranked him the 19th-best athlete in the nation and the fourth-best overall player in Oklahoma.
Jones enrolled at Arkansas in 2005, after he originally signed a letter of intent to attend Oklahoma State. He also turned down scholarship offers from Tennessee, Texas A&M, Kansas, Louisiana State and Nebraska. He became the first true freshman in school history to earn first-team All-American honors (as a kickoff returner), when College Football News named him to its postseason team.
He ranked second in the nation with a 31.94-yard average on 17 kickoff returns for 543 yards and a touchdown. He caught eight passes for 100 yards and gained 11 yards on a punt return. As a tailback, he started two of 11 games, totaling 626 yards with three scores on 99 carries (6.3-yard average), ranking second on the team. He also became only the second freshman in school history to run for over 100 yards twice in a game.
Jones garnered All-American honorable mention and All-Southeastern Conference first-team recognition as a sophomore. He started six of 14 games, amassing 1,829 all-purpose yards, the third-best total in the league. He also ranked second in the SEC with 154 carries for 1,168 yards (7.6-yard average) and six touchdowns. He also caught 15 passes for 107 yards (7.1 avg) and three scores. He ranked third in the conference with 23 kickoff returns for 554 yards (24.1 avg) and a touchdown in 2006.
Jones was a consensus All-American and All-SEC first-team selection as a kickoff returner, adding Associated Press third-team national honors as an all-purpose back in 2007. He started just three of 13 games, but gained 1,162 yards with 11 touchdowns on 133 carries, as his average of 8.7 yards per attempt set an SEC single-season. He made 16 catches for 176 yards (11-yard average) and ranked fourth in the nation with 652 yards and two scores on 22 kickoff returns (29.64 avg). He also finished 22nd in the country with 1,990 all-purpose yards, an average of 153.08 yards per game.
With a new coaching staff in place at Arkansas, Jones decided it was best that he follow McFadden. Both Razorbacks decided to enter the 2008 NFL Draft.
"In the past few weeks I have taken time to consider my football future, and what was the best opportunity for me and my family," Jones said. "My decision has not been an easy one as I have tried to balance my love for this university, this state and the Razor-backs vs. my desire to play in the NFL. Growing up, I dreamed of playing football on Sundays. After considering all of the factors, I am confident that my decision to forgo my senior season to enter the NFL Draft is the right decision. My three years at Arkansas have been some of the bet years of my life."
Jones closed out his career with 2,956 yards and 20 touchdowns on 386 carries, shattering school and SEC career records by averaging 7.66 yards per rushing attempt, as he started 11 of 38 games he appeared in. He also caught 39 passes for 383 yards (9.8-yard average) and three scores. He added an 11-yard punt return and tallied 164 points.
Jones ranks ninth in NCAA history with school and SEC all-time records, averaging 28.21 yards on 62 kickoff returns for 1,749 yards and four touchdowns. He joined Darren McFadden (5,881) as the only players in school history to gain over 5,000 all-purpose yards (5,099) in a career.
Positives: Has a lean frame, but shows good muscle development and bubble, well-defined thighs and calves, large hands, wide back and room to carry at least another 10 pounds of bulk with no loss of quickness Has excellent quickness and explosion coming out of his stance into the rush lanes Demonstrates the feet and balance to pick his way through trash and stay upright after initial contact Has pick-and-slide agility to make tacklers miss, especially when he turns the corner Plays with good toughness and competitiveness, as he will lower his head and square his shoulders to drive through after contact Not really a punishing runner, but easily bounces off tackles and gives second effort when the rush lane is clogged Self-starter and hard worker in the training room and will put in extra time watching film Mature with good field intelligence and vision Has a good attitude, as he never complained about sharing the rush load, despite his obvious pedigree Has the sudden moves out of his stance to gain advantage and the quickness to avoid and accelerate past defenders Shows a natural feel for the crease and displays excellent vision and hip swerve as he weaves through traffic, picking his feet nicely over trash Hits the hole with no hesitation, showing the explosive leg drive to break arm tackles, as he works hard to get upfield inside and clear the line of scrimmage Has a low center of gravity, which allows him to keep his base moving through tight areas and does not need to gear down when cutting Instinctive in his movements, displaying the vision to see threats Uses his blocks well When he keeps his pad level low going through the rush lane, he has the short-area explosion and juke moves to elude defenders turning the corner, as he excels at cutting sharply with good acceleration Has the body control and foot agility to step and slide on his way to avoid tackles Has made strides in being more patient to let his blocks develop, showing a good feel for the hole and vision to spot the seam in the zone Can find the inside hole but will run a little upright doing this and he knows how to adjust on the move, using impressive pick, slide and acceleration through the holes Has the balance needed to keep his feet and shows a sharp burst out of his cuts Has outstanding lateral range to gain yards in chunks on outside runs, utilizing excellent change-of-direction agility to can freeze defenders with fakes and body lean As a junior, he displayed much better ball security and the hands to handle pitchouts (had problems grabbing the ball on the fly and running with it in 2006, resulting in five fumbles, compared to one in 2007) Has improved his patience waiting for the toss to develop before trying to burst through the seam or turn the corner One of his better assets is his ability to accelerate into the second level, redirect and break away for the long run Very fast-twitched runner when attacking the hole and, while he might go down on first contact at times, he has that vision to locate small seams, sink his pads and try to slip past Has the ability to jump-cut and shoot upfield Has a very good feel to anticipate where the rushing lanes are and does a good job of keeping his pad level to break arm tackles around the corner (not as effective running inside) Adequate pass catcher who shows good concentration and flexibility in his pass routes, extending his hands properly away from the framework, but will use his body as a crutch when working in a crowd Makes good body adjustments toward the ball and shows patience, body control and vision waiting for blocks to develop as a returner Best asset as a kickoff returner is that he creative enough to vary his speed, set up the defender, execute a fake and then accelerate into the open.
Negatives: Has to learn to run at a lower pad level when running through the inside holes Will get erect in his stance as an attempt to squeeze through tight areas Has good leg drive, but will make bigger gains when trying to avoid, as he is generally brought down on the initial hit when operating in a crowd He had just 22 runs on which the opposition needed more than one defender to take him down on 133 attempts in 2007 Elusive runner who does a good job of squaring up before initial contact, but must improve his body lean, as he does not do a good job of falling forward Pitter-patter running style will see him get up on his toes Just an adequate receiver who needs route-running refinement, as he tends to round his cuts While he shows good hands on returns, as a receiver, he does not get to the ball at its highest point and can get a little sloppy trying to explode out of his breaks Despite showing aggression as a blocker, his size prevents him from gaining leverage vs. bigger defenders (will get a piece of his man, but his weight-room strength fails to translate to the field, as he is not the type that can overpower second-level defenders).
Compares To: CARNELL WILLIAMS-Tampa Bay Both are best taking the ball outside. Jones is a water bug on the field, excelling at avoiding defenders when he clears the line of scrimmage. He has a Devin Hester-type of burst as a kickoff returner and has worked well within the two-back system. Team him up with a powerful inside runner and you will get better value. We doubt his frame can handle pounding associated with touching the ball 30 times a game at the next level, especially if he doesn't learn how to run at a lower pad level between the tackles. He greatly improved his ball-security ability as a junior, something that turned out to be a major problem for his running mate, Darren McFadden. Some teams might prefer Jones over McFadden, as he has greater avoidance skills, while McFadden is more likely to seek contact and has a few off-field issues to be investigated.
Jones' average yards per carry of 7.66 yards rank second in NCAA history behind Glenn Davis of Army (8.26-yard average on 358 attempts, 2,957 yards, 1943-46) That average broke the old Southeastern Conference all-time mark of 6.62 yards by Bo Jackson of Auburn (653 carries for 4,303 yards, 1982-85) and the previous school record of 6.64 yards by Matt Jones (382 rushes for 2,535 yards, 2001-04) His average of 8.74 yards per carry in 2007 rank second in NCAA annals behind Chuck Weatherspoon of Houston (minimum 100-213 rushes; 9.63-yard average, 119 carries for 1,146 yards in 1989) It surpassed the old school record of 7.62 yards per carry by Jerry Eckwood (104 rushes, 792 yards) in 1975 and the previous SEC mark of 8.33 yards by Brent Fullwood of Auburn in 1986 (1,391 yards on 167 runs) The Razorbacks' tandem of McFadden (1,830) and Jones (1,162) amassed 2,992 yards on the ground in 2007, the third-best season total in SEC annals, topped only by Barry Sanders (2,628) and Gerald Hudson (369) combining for 2,997 yards for Oklahoma State in 1988 and Reggie Bush (1,740) and LenDale White (1,302) combining for an NCAA record 3,042 yards for Southern California in 2005 The duo of McFadden (321) and Jones (166) combined for 487 yards rushing vs. South Carolina in 2007, setting an NCAA game-record by a tandem, topping the old mark of 476 yards by Tony Sands (396) and Chip Hilleary (80) of Kansas vs. Missouri in 1991 Ranks fifth in school history with 2,956 yards rushing, topped by Darren McFadden (4,590 yards, 2005-07), Ben Cowins (3,570 yards, 975-78), Dickey Morton (3,317 yards, 1971-73) and Cedric Cobbs (3,018 yards, 1999-2003) His 1,168 yards rushing in 2006 rank eighth and his 1,162 yards on the ground in 2007 rank tied with Ben Cowins (1976) for ninth on the school's season-record list Ran for over 100 yards 13 times in his career, ranking fourth in school history in that category behind Darren McFadden (22, 2005-07), Ben Cowins (16, 1975-78) and Dickey Morton (15, 1971-73) His average of 28.21 yards per kickoff return rank ninth in NCAA Bowl Subdivision history, as he topped the old SEC mark of 27.55 yards per return by Bo Carroll of Florida (36 for 992 yards, 1997-99) and the previous Arkansas record of 26.14 yards by Dickey Morton (22 for 575 yards, 1971-73) His kickoff return average of 31.94 yards did not qualify for the SEC record (had 17 returns and needed a minimum of 20), but it topped the old Arkansas record of 25.31 yards by Jack Brasuell (13 for 329 yards) in 1963 His 1,749 kickoff return yards rank ninth in conference history and topped the previous school career-record of 1,321 yards by DeCori Birmingham (61 returns, 2001-04) Jones' 652 kickoff return yards in 2007 broke the old school season-record of 638 yards by DeCori Birmingham (28 returns) in 2002 Joined Darren McFadden (5,881) as the only players in school history to amass more than 5,000 all-purpose yards (5,099) in a career Jones holds the third- (1,990 in 2007) and fourth-best (1,829 in 2006) all-purpose yardage seasons in school annals, topped by McFadden's 2,058 yards in 2006 and 2,310 yards in 2007 Became only one of two Razorbacks (Boyd Cypert) and one of two SEC players (John Avery, Mississippi) to record two 100-yard kickoffs for touchdowns in his career (Jones accomplished that feat vs. Mississippi State in 2005 and vs. Mississippi in 2006) Became the first player in school history to rush for over 100 yards in his college debut, gaining 137 yards on the ground vs. Missouri State in 2005.
Earned All-American first-team honors as a kickoff returner from The NFL Draft Report, Walter Camp Football Foundation and Rivals.com, adding third-team recognition as an all-purpose back by the Associated Press and honorable mention from College Football News Consensus All-Southeastern Conference first-team pick as a kickoff returner, adding second-team accolades from the league's coaches as a running back Named SEC Special Teams Player of the Year, adding conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors vs. Troy Also received Hogwired.com Player of the Week recognition vs. Troy, Kentucky, North Texas, South Carolina and Louisiana State Also selected College Sports Report Co-National Performer of the Week vs. South Carolina Started three of 13 games, ranking fifth in the SEC with an average of 89.38 yards per game rushing Ranked second in the league and 22nd in the nation in all-purpose yardage (153.08 yards per game) and was the nation's fourth-leading kickoff returner, averaging 29.64 yards per attempt Helped the Razorbacks rank fourth nationally in rush offense (286.54 yards per game) and 13th in scoring (37.31 yards per game) Ranked second on the team with 133 carries for 1,162 yards (8.7-yard average) and 11 touchdowns 45 of his rushing attempts produced first downs, as he converted 9-of-14 third-down runs in the process Had big runs that set up 23 Arkansas touchdown drives and four other series that ended with field goals Gained at least ten yards on 30 of his carries, including 17 for 20 yards or longer Was tackled behind the line of scrimmage 17 times for losses of 37 yards and turned the ball over once on a fumble Also stopped for no gain on nine other rushing attempts and had 22 non-scoring runs that the opposition needed more than one defender to bring him down Third on the squad with 16 receptions for 176 yards (11.0-yard average) and scored 80 points Returned 22 kickoffs for 652 yards (29.6 avg) and a pair of touchdowns Touched the ball 171 times, amassing 1,990 all-purpose yards Ran for at least 100 yards six times.
|2007 Game Analysis|
Troy Jones opened the season in explosive fashion, totaling 287 all-purpose yards on 12 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown, 14 yards on a reception and 144 yards with a score on three kickoff returns His 40-yard gain on a reverse set up the team's first score for the season, a 35-yard field goal on the game's opening drive He took back a second quarter kickoff return 90 yards for a touchdown and then scored in the third quarter on a 44-yard scamper down the right sideline.
Alabama The tailback produced 96 yards on 16 attempts and 56 yards on three kickoff returns His 36-yard burst around right end set up a 2-yard scoring lob from QB Casey Dick to Andrew Davie late in the third quarter On the team's next series, Jones broke free around the left corner for a 17-yard scoring run He set up Dick's 7-yard touchdown toss to fullback Peyton Hillis in the fourth quarter with a 32-yard run over right tackle.
Kentucky Despite playing with a stomach virus, Jones collected 133 yards on 12 attempts, adding 108 yards on a pair of kickoff returns, including an 82-yarder for a touchdown in the fourth quarter His 73-yard scamper to the UK 6 in the second quarter set up an Arkansas 20-yard field goal.
North Texas The Razorback runner carried only seven times, but he piled up 132 yards with two touchdowns, adding 48 yards on three receptions and 36 yards on a pair of kick-off returns for 216 all-purpose yards He scored on the game's opening drive, taking a reverse 35 yards for a touchdown Midway through the second quarter, he bounced right to break free for a 71-yard touchdown jaunt.
Chattanooga Jones rushed thirteen times for 141 yards and two touchdowns, the fourth time in five games that the tailback went over the century mark on the ground He also caught two passes for 8 yards His 33-yard burst up the middle of the field was followed by QB Casey Dick's 24-yard scoring strike to Peyton Hillis late in the first quarter In the third quarter, he took a handoff and cut back to the right corner, en route to a 59-yard scoring scamper He capped a 69-yard, 9-play fourth quarter series with a 1-yard touchdown run around left end.
Auburn The Arkansas runner was held to 42 yards on six carries, 9 yards on two catches and 35 yards on a pair of kickoff returns His 17-yard run over right tackle set up Casey Dick's 13-yard post pass to Lucas Miller for a score with 1:36 left in a tough 9-7 loss.
Mississippi Jones bounced back with his fifth 100-yard game for the season, rushing fifteen times for 101 yards and two touchdowns He scored on the game's opening series with a 38-yard run over right tackle He followed with a second-and-goal 11-yard run for a touchdown midway through the opening stanza Late in the third quarter, Jones picked up 21 yards to set up a 9-yard scoring lob from Casey Dick to Peyton Hillis Not done for the day, he took off on an 11-yard scamper, followed by Dick's 14-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Davie in the fourth quarter.
Florida International Jones registered 89 yards and a touchdown on seventeen rushes and 22 yards on a reception He took a handoff from Darren McFadden in the team's Wild-Hog Formation, picking up 18 yards down the right sideline and McFadden then ran for a 3-yard touchdown midway through the opening frame His 6-yard run off right end, a 5-yarder over left end and a first-and-goal carry for one yard set up McFadden's 1-yard scoring plunge late in the first quarter Jones had an 11-yard gain off left tackle, setting up his third-and-3 16-yard touchdown run with 0:20 left in the third quarter.
South Carolina The tandem of Darren McFadden (321) and Jones combined for 487 yards rushing, as Jones ran thirteen times for a career-high 166 yards and three touchdowns, adding 64 yards on two kickoff returns for 230 all-purpose yards Jones had two huge runs for scores in the first quarter, as the Gamecocks simply could not contain him. He took off on a 40-yard touchdown jaunt up the middle at the 4:42 mark of the opening frame, followed by a 72-yard score on a reverse with 2:52 remaining in that quarter
Later in the third quarter, with McFadden lined up at quarterback, Jones took a handoff and ran for a 7-yard score around right end Record Watch-Darren McFadden and Jones' 487-combined yards set the NCAA record for most yards gained by two players on the
same team. McFadden ripped off 321 yards, setting the UA record and tying the SEC mark. The previous NCAA record was 476 held by Kansas' Tony Sands (396) and Chip Hilleary (80) vs. Missouri in 1991.
Tennessee A deep thigh bruise limited Jones to just 3 yards on three carries, but he also had a first quarter 48-yard kickoff return to set up an Arkansas 31-yard first quarter field goal.
Mississippi State Jones was limited to just one play due to his thigh injury, catching one pass for no gain.
Louisiana State Even though he was still hampered by his thigh bruise, Jones rushed nine times for 85 yards, caught two passes for 10 yards and returned three kickoffs for 73 yards in a 50-48 triple overtime victory His third-and-4 31-yard run in the second quarter was followed by a 5-yard catch of a pass thrown by Darren McFadden, setting up McFadden's 16-yard touchdown run in the second quarter Jones gave the Razorbacks a 28-21 lead with 5:06 left in regulation, eluding linebacker Ali Highsmith to pick up 30 yards on a third-and-3 carry that set up McFadden's 24-yard touchdown pass to fullback Peyton Hillis In overtime, he had a 16-yard rushing attempt to the LSU 9, where McFadden then ran for a 9-yard score on the next snap His third-and-3 3-yard carry set up Hillis' 3-yard touchdown run and Jones then scored the game-winning points on a two-point PAT that gave Arkansas the 50-48 win.
Missouri (Cotton Bowl) In what would be his final college game, Jones rushed ten times for 45 yards, snatched three passes for 65 yards and returned four kickoffs for 88 yards, finishing with 198 all-purpose yards He returned the game's opening kickoff 46 yards and had a game-high 23-yard run late in the second quarter For the only time during his junior year, Jones turned the ball over on a fumble at the MU 37 after catching a third-and-15 screen pass early in the third quarter.
Earned All-American third-team honors as an all-purpose back by The NFL Draft Report and honorable mention from College Football News as a kickoff returner Scout.com All-Southeastern Conference first-team pick, adding second-team accolades from the league's coaches and Associated Press Despite sharing tailback duties with Darren McFadden and starting only six of 14 games, Jones became only the eighth running back in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards when he earned 1,168 yards on 154 carries (7.6-yard average) with six touchdowns Ranked fourth on the squad with 15 catches for 107 yards (7.1 avg) and three scores Returned 23 kickoffs for 554 yards (24.1-yard average) and a touchdown His 554 yards rank third on the school's single-season list Scored 60 points and recorded one solo tackle Ranked 22nd nationally and third in the league with 1,829 all-purpose yards, an average of 130.64 yards per game Helped the team rank fourth in the nation in rushing (228.5 yards per game) Darren McFadden (1,647) and Jones (1,168) became only the third duo in SEC history and the 38th combo in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards in the same season The teammates were the second-most potent rushing tandem in the nation and the top running back duo with a combined 201.1 yards per game (West Virginia's duo of Steve Slaton and Patrick White averaged 227.92 yards per game in 2006) His total of 1,829 all-purpose yardage broke the previous UA record and ranked second on the UA single-season list only to McFadden's (2,058 yards) in the same season Turned the ball over twice on five fumbles.
|2006 Game Analysis|
Southern California Jones started at tailback while Darren McFadden lined up at flanker on the first play He rushed seven times for 48 yards including a long of 24 yards, but also fumbled three times in the loss, as he also hauled in three catches for 20 yards in the season opener.
Utah State Came off the bench to rush for 68 yards on nine carries Reeled off a high-light reel 35-yard run in the first quarter vs. the Aggies. After nearly going down about seven yards from the line of scrimmage, he regained his balance and scampered down to the Utah State one-yard line Also returned his first kickoff of the season for 23 yards.
Vanderbilt Jones led the Razorbacks in rushing with 78 yards on 11 carries, including a 33-yard carry Scored his first collegiate receiving touchdown on a 21-yard pass from QB Mitch Mustain in the second quarter Returned three kickoffs for 57 yards including a 23-yard return, as he garnered 156 all-purpose yards.
Alabama Jones racked up 127 all-purpose yards including 65 yards on four carries, as he had first-down runs of 6, 10, 23 and 26 yards Had one catch for 23 yards and returned three kickoffs for 39 yards Also made a tackle after a UA interception vs. Alabama.
Auburn Rushed thirteen times for 104 yards and one touchdown, earning his third 100-yard rushing game of his career vs. the Tigers, recording a long run of 28 yards in the win, scoring his touchdown on a third-and-1 play in the third quarter Prior to the Arkansas game, Auburn hadn't allowed a rushing touchdown .Also had three receptions for 8 yards and returned one kickoff for 23 yards.
Southeast Missouri State Jones eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the second-consecutive game with 106 yards and one touchdown on only five rushing attempts in the Razorbacks' 63-7 win Record Watch-Teamed with Michael Smith (116 yards) to give Arkansas two 100-yard rushers for the second-consecutive game, marking the first time that has happened in UA history Jones tied for the fourth-longest touchdown run in school history when he darted 85 yards for a score in the second quarter, tying Aubrey Fowler (1946) on the list and it was the longest touchdown run by a Razorback since Ben Cowins raced 89-yards vs. Houston in 1976.
Mississippi Jones garnered SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his performance in the Hogs' 38-3 win Returned the opening kickoff of the game 100 yards for a touchdown. It was the second time in his career (Mississippi State - 2005) he had accomplished the feat and it was the eighth 100-yard kickoff return in Arkansas history and the 36th such return in SEC history. The touchdown return also marked the first kick-off return for a score vs. the Rebels since 1988 In addition to his electrifying kickoff return, Jones earned 51 yards on nine carries and two yards on one reception in the victory, gaining a total of 153 all-purpose yards.
Louisiana-Monroe Jones turned in a career day with 141 yards rushing and one touchdown on only nine carries in Arkansas' 44-10 win Averaged 15.7 yards per carry vs. the Warhawks including runs of 6, 6, 7, 19, 20, 22 and 58 yards. Four of his nine runs earned first-down yardage Also returned two kickoffs for 39 yards.
South Carolina Rushed 21 times for 53 yards including a long gain of 20 yards and also returned two kickoffs for 44 yards.
Tennessee Jones racked up 72 yards on 13 carries, as he recorded a 29-yard run vs. the Volunteers Also returned a kickoff for 10 yards.
Mississippi State Earned 38 yards on 10 rushing attempts and also had a 51-yard kickoff return.
Louisiana State Jones tallied his fourth 100-yard effort of the season with a 16-carry, 137-yard outing, as he scored on a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter Netted nine runs of seven yards or more including rushes of 12, 16, 18 and 40 yards and six first-down carries Also returned three kickoffs for 82 yards, including a 62-yard return in the fourth quarter to set up a UA touchdown, finishing the day with 219 all-purpose yards vs. the LSU defense that entered the game as the nation's top-ranked defense.
Florida (SEC Championship Game) Jones rushed 13 times for 57 yards and hauled in two catches for 31 yards and two touchdowns The sophomore eclipsed the 1,000-yard season rushing mark on his 13th rushing attempt of the day on a 31-yard run .Hauled in his second and third career touchdown receptions vs. the Gators, as Darren McFadden hit Jones for a 2-yard score in the third quarter while Cedric Washington found Jones for a 29-yard touchdown on a double pass trick play Returned four kickoffs for 68 yards with a long return of 22 yards in the conference title game.
Wisconsin (Capital One Bowl) Jones saved his best for the final game of the year as he racked up a season-high 150 yards on fourteen carries Scored two rushing touchdowns, including a 76-yard dash to the end zone in the first quarter. The long-distance run was the longest scoring run in UA bowl history and the second-longest run in Capital One Bowl history Also found the end zone on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter In addition, he hauled in four receptions for 2 yards and returned one kickoff for 18 yards.
Became the first freshman in school history to earn first-team All-America honors when CollegeFootballNews.com named him to its team as a kickoff return specialist Earned All-American honorable mention from Sports Illustrated and was a first-team Freshman All-American choice by Scout.com, the Football Writers Association of America (kick returner) and CollegeFootballNews.com (kick returner), adding second-team accolades from Rivals.com and The Sporting News (both as a kick returner), and an honorable mention Freshman All-American at tailback by The Sporting News .Second-team All-SEC pick by the league's coaches Also made the SEC All-Freshman teams selected by the league's coaches and The Sporting News (both as a kick returner) Finished second in the nation with a 31.9-yard kickoff return average, racking up 543 yards and one touchdown on 17 returns His average was tops in the NCAA after regular-season play, was more than six-yards better than his nearest rival in the SEC statistical rankings and almost seven yards better than the previous school record His 543 total kickoff return yards were the third-most in a single season in school history As a tailback, he rushed for 626 yards and three touchdowns on 99 attempts (6.3-yard average) Ranked second on the team and 10th in the SEC in rushing with an average of 56.9 yards per game Jones tied teammate Darren McFadden for the conference title with 6.3 yards per rushing attempt Became just the second player in school history to record two 100-yard rushing games as a freshman Ranked fifth in the league and 63rd in the nation with 116.4 all-purpose yards per game (1,280 total yards) Recorded at least 100 all-purpose yards in seven games Hauled in eight receptions for 100 yards and earned 11 yards on one punt return Turned the ball over once on two fumbles.
|2005 Game Analysis|
Missouri State In his Razorback debut, Jones became the first UA freshman running back to rush for 100 yards in his first collegiate game and only the ninth UA freshman to rush for 100 yards in a game, as he racked up a game-high 137 yards and one touchdown on eight carries, earning the league's inaugural SEC Freshman of the Week award for his efforts Record Watch-The 137 yards was at the time the third-most by any freshman in a game in school history Boasted a 17.1 yards per carry average vs. the Bears His 137 rushing yards rank sixth on the UA record list for rushing yards by a freshman in a single game Set a UA freshman record when he dashed 80 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter. It was the longest rushing touchdown by a Razorback since Fred Talley darted 81 yards vs. Central Florida in 2001.
Southern California Finished second on the team in rushing with 66 yards and caught his first pass, an 11-yard reception, on Arkansas' first play from scrimmage Also returned four kickoffs for 147 yards, including a then-career-long 67-yard return Jones' 67-yard kickoff return was the longest by a Razorback since Lawrence Richardson ran 98 yards vs. Weber State in 2001.
Alabama Ran for 48 yards on 10 carries, with a long gain of 16 yards Totaled 103 all-purpose yards, which was his third game in four outings of more than 100 yards Had two kickoff returns for 55 yards, including a 37-yard burst.
Louisiana-Monroe Recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season with 102 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns Scored from three and four yards out vs. the Indians Coupled with McFadden's 125-yard rushing performance, the players became the first UA freshmen duo to rush for 100 yards or more in the same game Also made two catches for 31 yards including a season-long reception of 23 yards.
Georgia Ran for 62 yards on ten tries and caught three passes for 43 yards Exploded around right end for 35 yards down to the Georgia five-yard line in the fourth quarter to set up a touchdown.
South Carolina Rolled up 66 yards on 11 carries, but did not get a chance to return a kick for the second-consecutive week, as SEC opponents looked to keep the ball out of his hands on kickoffs.
Mississippi Ran for a team-high 50 yards on 13 carries.
Mississippi State Put an exclamation point on his fabulous rookie campaign with a memorable performance in the Hogs' final home game, as he racked up 171 all-purpose yards with 100 yards in kickoff return yardage and 71 yards on ten rushes After not getting a kickoff return chance in the previous three games, he took out his frustrations on his only return vs. the Bulldogs and tied a school record in the process, as he became just the seventh player in school history to return a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
2007: Bothered by a stomach virus vs. Kentucky (9/22) Suffered a deep thigh bruise early in the Tennessee game (11/10) and was limited to just four plays vs. the Vols and one play the next game vs. Mississippi State (11/17).
Campus: 4.37 in the 40-yard dash 305-pound bench press 550-pound squat 39-inch vertical jump 31 1/8-inch arm length 9 1/8-inch hands.
Attended Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.) High School, playing football for head coach Antwain Jimmerson Named the Tulsa World Player of the Year following his senior season, after rushing for 2,282 yards and 48 touchdowns on 205 carries (11.1-yard average) Led his squad to a 13-1 record and a state runner-up finish, as Jones rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns in the 5A state championship game Sidelined with a broken ankle early in his junior season, but still managed to rack up 800 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns Rivals.com ranked him as the 19th-best athlete in the nation and the fourth-best overall player in Oklahoma.
Kinesiology major, with an emphasis on Teaching Enrolled in the College of Education and Health Professions Son of Debra and Felix Jones Born 5/08/87 Resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.