WORTH NOTING: One of three starters returning from last year’s offensive line ... returned to action last season after being red-shirted in 1999 due to an injury to his foot and knee … was one of seven true freshmen (along with Billy Baber, Dan Ellis, Ahmad Hawkins, Yubrenal Isabelle, Earl Sims and Antwoine Womack) to play for Virginia in 1997 ... is the team’s biggest player ... two-year letter winner (1998 and 2000).
AT VIRGINIA: 2000—Started every game, including the Jeep O’ahu Bowl, at left tackle ... had a productive season, but had spurts of inconsistency ... very seldom came out of the game ... had one of his best performances of the season against Florida State when he held All-American Jamal Reynolds to just three tackles and no sacks ... helped open holes for Antwoine Womack, the leading rusher in the ACC, as Virginia averaged 163.7 yards rushing and 195.5 yards passing per game ... earned his second letter. 1999—Red-shirted .... did not play in a game. 1998—Played in 10 regular season games, missing the opener vs. Auburn ... also did not play against Georgia in the Peach Bowl ... originally expected to start at left tackle, but a preseason injury held him back … instead, backed up starting tackle Josh Lawson … added important depth to Virginia’s oustanding offensive line … the Cavaliers led the ACC in a variety of offensive categories, including rushing yards per game (213.1 ypg), rushing touchdowns (27), yards per rush (5.0), yards per play (6.1) and first downs per game (21.4) … Virginia averaged almost 100 yards more of rushing offense and 75 yards more of total offense in 1998 as compared to 1997 ... Virginia also featured the ACC’s leading rusher, Thomas Jones ... UVa compiled two of the top-three offensive outputs in the ACC in 1998, including a league-best 600 yards against Georgia Tech ... UVa also had 556 yards (third in league) against San Jose State ... the ground game posted three of the top five games in the ACC, including two of the top three games (446 yards vs. San Jose State and 288 yards vs. Georgia Tech) … lettered for the first time. 1997—Saw action in four games as a reserve offensive tackle ... played against Richmond, North Carolina, Florida State and Maryland ... in uniform but did not play in UVa’s other seven games.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterman at Hillside High School ... played on both the offensive and defensive lines for head coach James Lillie ... Super Prep All-American ... also named to Schutt Sports All-American team ... first-team All-State selection on offense ... North Carolina Shrine Bowl selection ... participated in the All-America Bowl in West Palm Beach, Fla. ... also a standout in track and field ... finished third in the shot put at the state indoor track meet.
PERSONAL: Jermese Boyd Jones ... born 12-11-78 in Durham, N.C. ... son of Boyd and Donice Jones ... brother, Linquan (31), graduated from and played football at Norfolk State ... has two nephews, Linquan Boyd Jones and Tyran Lindsey Jones ... anthropology major.