Senior offensive tackle Marcel Jones will complete an outstanding Nebraska career in the Capital One Bowl against South Carolina. The 6-7, 320-pound Jones has battled a number of injuries throughout his Husker career, and was once again slowed at the start of the 2011 season, but he returned to full health in time for conference play. Jones went on to start the final eight games of the season at right tackle, and he has helped Nebraska rank among the nation's top rushing teams. Jones and the Nebraska offensive line have helped pave the way for All-Big Ten running back Rex Burkhead, who enters the bowl game with 1,268 yards on the ground. Nebraska also ranks in the top 30 nationally in sacks allowed. Jones was honored for his work on the line, receiving honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors from both the conference media and coaches. Jones has made 20 career starts in his Nebraska career and he will play in his 40th career game against South Carolina. Jones is also one of 12 seniors for the Huskers who will play in the Capital One Bowl with their degree. Jones picked up his degree in construction management in December.
Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches, Media)...Academic All-Big Ten...Jones played in 11 games, including starts in all eight Big Ten contests. Jones' play at right tackle has helped Nebraska rank 13th nationally in rushing offense at 223.9 yards per game. The Huskers have rushed for at least 200 yards seven times in 2011, including 300- yard efforts on the ground against Washington, Wyoming and a season-high 346 yards at Minnesota. The offensive line also played a key role in wearing down the Ohio State defense in a school-record comeback win. The Huskers rushed for 232 yards and had 423 yards of total offense against the Buckeyes, including 195 second-half rushing yards.
Jones did not play in the season's first 10 games, but saw action in each of the final four games at right tackle alternating with senior D.J. Jones.
Jones started the first 11 games at right tackle, but suffered an ankle injury against Kansas State. The injury forced Jones to miss the Colorado, Texas and Arizona contests to end the season. Jones' play helped I-back Roy Helu Jr. post four 100-yard rushing days and put together a 1,000-yard rushing season. Jones also helped protect Nebraska quarterbacks, as the Huskers ranked among the top 40 nationally in sacks allowed.
Jones emerged during spring practice and went on to play in all 13 games in 2008, including a start against Western Michigan. He helped Nebraska rank in the top 20 nationally in total and scoring offense. He also served on NU's PAT and field goal units.
Jones had an outstanding senior year on the offensive line for Coach Randy Ricedorff at Trevor Browne High School. Jones missed his junior year because of injury, but earned honorable-mention Arizona 5A all-state honors as a senior.
Jones was ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, which listed him as the 13th-best overall prospect in the state of Arizona. Jones also ranked as a three-star performer by Scout.com, which listed him as the No. 44 offensive tackle prospect in the country. Jones was ranked as the No. 7 overall recruit in the state of Arizona by SuperPrep Magazine.
Jones was also a standout on the basketball court for Trevor Browne High School. He was the starting center for Browne, which went 27-3 and earned a top-five ranking in Class 5A. Jones averaged 11.6 points and nine rebounds per game as a senior. As a junior, he earned all-region honors for his perfomance on the hardwood.
Jones was also a star in the classroom, ranking in the top 20 of his senior class of more than 500 students.
He is the son of Ulysses and Tracy Torry and was born on Sept. 4, 1988. Jones chose Nebraska over Arizona State.