|High School:||Avon Old Farms (CT) School / Forestville HS|
Although listed as a senior in 2008, made satisfactory progress toward his degree, coming to Akron as a partial qualifier, and was granted a fifth year by the NCAA ... Becomes the third player to switch from another position (second from defense) to wide receiver by UA head coach J.D. Brookhart ... Domenik Hixon, who led the Zips in tackles in 2003, moved to wide receiver and turned in record-setting performances in 2004 and ’05 ... Hixon’s 66 receptions in ’04 was a UA record until he caught 75 the following season for a school-record 1,210 yards … Then, Jabari Arthur, who started his career as a quarterback, moved to wide receiver and set UA records for catches in a season (86 in 2007), catches in a career (184) and career receiving yards (2,653).
Senior (2008): Earned third team All-MAC honors in 2008, his first All-MAC honor and his first season at wideout, starting his first two seasons at safety ... Caught 47 passes in basically just 10 games, ranking 15th on the UA single season receptions list ... (He missed one game and played mostly defense in the season opener at Wisconsin) ... Had seven receiving TDs, ranking third in the MAC ... Ranked 10th in the league and 73rd in the NCAA in receiving yards per game (61.64) ... Despite his limited touches, was still third on the team, gaining 32 first downs ... Although he made the switch to wideout, Jones was forced to play most of the Wisconsin game at cornerback due to depth issues and inexperience ... He would show no signs of rust, collecting six tackles, one of which came when he forced a Badger fumble on the UA one, keeping the game close at the break ... The following week, Jones played just receiver and had seven catches for 98 yards with two touchdowns in the win at Syracuse ... Added 81 receiving yards on just four receptions and a score versus Ball State ... Was named MAC East Offensive Player of the Week, hauling in five passes for 100 yards with a 47-yard TD in the win at Army ... Had a big game at Eastern Michigan, scoring twice and catching five passes for 114 yards ... Tallied 99 yards on eight receptions versus Buffalo.
Junior (2007): Played in all 12 games, starting 10 at free safety … Led the MAC and ranked 11th in the NCAA in punt returns, averaging 14.5 yards per attempt (16 att for 232 yards) … Did not have enough attempts to rank on the NCAA nor MAC leaders list, but averaged 32.8 yards on his nine kick returns (295 yards) … Ranked second on the team with 79 tackles with three interceptions, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery … His average of 0.25 fumbles forced per game was fourth in the MAC and 28th in the NCAA … Was a central figure in one of college football’s top plays in 2007, taking a lateral from Alphonso Owen and completing an 89-yard free kick return as time expired to give Akron a 39-38 win at Western Michigan … Was named the team’s “Gung Ho” Special Teams Player of the Year … Was named midseason second team All-American as a punt returner by SportsIllustrated.com … Opened 2007 by returning three punts for 96 yards, including a 63-yarder which was longer than his 2006 total of 52 punt return yards on nine attempts … Added a team-best eight tackles versus Army, including seven solo stops … At Ohio State, tallied a team-best 10 stops, including UA’s only sack, with a PBU ... Also had one kick return for 26 yards … Had six tackles at Indiana, but picked off his second career pass ... Only had two stops versus Kent State ... However, one may have been a game-saver for the Zips ... With UA up seven and KSU driving, Jones forced a fumble after a KSU completion to the UA 29, which teammate Wayne Cobham recovered ... Had seven tackles, including a TFL, at Connecticut ... Also picked off his second pass of the season to start the second half versus the Huskies and had two punt returns for 53 yards ... Did not play much on the defensive side of the ball at Western Michigan, nursing an injury, but still had five tackles and was named MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week ... Returned two punts for 31 yards, including a 29-yarder, and scored the Zips’ game-winning TD as time expired on a free kick return, getting credit for 78 yards of the 89 yard return ... Had a career-high 11 tackles at Buffalo ... Also served as a kick returner having three chances for 107 yards, including a 41 and 44 yarder ... Had a 39-yard kick return at Bowling Green ... On defense versus the Falcons, was second on the team with eight tackles, adding a forced fumble and a PBU ... Left the Ohio game with an injury in the second quarter ... Bounced back at Miami, getting six tackles with a fumble recovery … Closed the season with a performance which earned him MAC Report Online’s Defensive Player of the Week honor … Tallied 10 stops, including seven solo, with an interception, a pass breakup and a 64-yard touchdown as the result of his strip and return of a fumble.
Sophomore (2006): Started all 12 games at free safety … Led the team with three forced fumbles and ranked fourth on the team with 77 tackles, including four for losses … His three forced fumbles tied for sixth in the MAC … Added an interception, seven pass breakups and a fumble recovery … Also was Akron’s top punt returner, averaging 5.8 yards per attempt (nine for 52 yards) … Added 11 kickoff returns for 204 yards, an average of 18.5 yards per return … Had six tackles, including a TFL, at Penn State in his collegiate debut … One of his forced fumbles led to an Akron TD in the Zips’ upset win at North Carolina State … Also at N.C. State, a game where he tallied four stops and one drive after forcing a fumble, he picked off his first career pass … Tallied eight tackles, including six solo, at Central Michigan … Followed that with six solo stops versus North Texas … Was a key figure in two instant replay reviews versus North Texas … First, forced a fumble but the replay determined the UNT player to be down … Later, he forced and recovered a fumble, which was challenged by UNT, but upheld as a turnover … Registered nine tackles at Cincinnati … Two weeks later, led the Zips with a career-high 10 stops versus Toledo … Ended the season with impressive performances versus Bowling Green (seven tackles), Buffalo (six tackles), Ohio (eight tackles) and Western Michigan (seven tackles) … His third and final forced fumble came versus Ohio.
Freshman (2005): Sat out while fulfilling NCAA academic requirements.
Prior to Akron: Prepped at Avon Old Farms School in 2004 where he was named first team All-New England and first team All-Erickson League at both RB/DB ... at Forestville HS: Ranked No. 98 by Scout.com among cornerbacks as a senior in 2003 ... A consensus All-State selection in 2003 after a solid all-around season ... Had six interceptions and 70 tackles, as well as 1,215 yards rushing, 538 yards passing and 560 yards receiving ... Also named first team All-Metro, first team All-county and George Michael Sports Machine “Golden 11” as a senior ... Coached by Kevin Driscoll (Avon) and Charley Harley (Forestville).
Personal: Son of Shannon Jones.