Thomas Jones
Thomas Jones
Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Big Stone Gap, Va.

High School:
Powell Valley H.S.

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 205

Position:
RB

WORTH NOTING: Honors candidate ... joins Travis Griffith and Noel LaMontagne as one of Virginia's 1999 tri-captains ... returns for his third season as Virginia's starting tailback ... led the ACC and ranked 11th nationally in rushing in 1998 with 1303 yards ... fourth-leading returning rusher in the nation with 118.5 yards per game last season ... only two returning players in the nation rushed for more total yards ... ranked third in the ACC in 1998 with 1522 all-purpose yards ... his 1303 yards rushing mark the third-highest total in school history and the eighth-highest total in ACC annals ... arguably the league's most improved player last season as he nearly doubled his rushing total of 692 yards in 1997 ... in fact, it took him just over half the season to top his 1997 total ... a dedicated offseason workout regimen helped him increase his strength while maintaining his speed ... averaged 5.5 yards per carry, up from 3.4 yards per carry the year before ... posted seven 100-yard games in 1998, the fourth-highest total in UVa history ... had two 200-yard games during the season, tying the Virginia and ACC record for most in a season ... they came in back-to-back games, making him just the third player in ACC history to ever have consecutive 200-yard rushing games ... the only two other players to accomplish that feat are Maryland's Charlie Wysocki in 1979 and Virginia's Terry Kirby in 1992 ... became the first player in the modern-day history (since 1937 as defined by the NCAA) of Virginia football to score a touchdown in every game of a regular season in 1998 ... his 15 total touchdowns last season tie as the third-most in school history, while his 13 rushing touchdowns rank fourth ... his 238 carries in 1998 are the third-most for a UVa running back since George Welsh became the Cavaliers' head coach in 1982 ... Tiki Barber has the top two seasons ... made his 23rd consecutive start at tailback in the 1998 Peach Bowl, the longest streak by a UVa tailback since Barber started 23 consecutive games from 1995-96 ... UVa's top returning receiver this season with 28 receptions in 1998 ... his 28 catches last season led all ACC running backs ... ranks ninth in school history with 2200 career rushing yards ... needs 1190 yards to break Barber's school record of 3,389 career rushing yards (1993-96) ... has 10 100-yard games in his career, tied for fourth in school history ... 23 career touchdowns are ninth in school history ... one of three true freshmen (along with Demetrius Dotson and Antwan Harris) to see action for the Cavaliers in 1996 ... became the fifth true freshman to score a touchdown in his first game for Virginia since freshman eligibility was restored in 1972 when he scored on a four-yard run against Central Michigan in the season opener ... his 76 yards rushing (on only five carries) against Central Michigan were the most by a Virginia freshman in his first game (since freshman eligibility was restored in 1972) ... his 57-yard run on the first carry of his career against the Chippewas was the longest run from scrimmage by a Cavalier freshman (true or red-shirt) since 1972 ... fifth among ACC freshmen in rushing and third among ACC true freshmen in 1996 ... his 205 yards rushing in 1996 were the most by a UVa true freshman since Terry Kirby gained 311 yards in 1989 ... played just the first half of the 1999 spring game, rushing 12 times for 81 yards and a touchdown ... three-year letter winner ... participating as a first-year graduate student this fall after completing his undergraduate studies in three years.

HONORS: 1998-First-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference ... state Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-State as chosen by the Roanoke Times ... first-team All-State as selected by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association ... co-winner of the Ben Wilson Award as Virginia's Outstanding Offensive Player (team award) ... ECAC/Budget Offensive Player of the Week following UVa's game against San Jose State (Oct. 3) ... ECAC/Budget Weekly Honor Roll following UVa's game against Georgia Tech (Oct. 17) ... ECAC/Budget Weekly Honor Roll following UVa's game against N.C. State (Oct. 24) ... ECAC/Budget Weekly Honor Roll following UVa's game against Wake Forest (Oct. 31) ... ACC Offensive Back of the Week following UVa's game against North Carolina (Nov. 14). 1997-ECAC/Budget Weekly Honor Roll following UVa's game against Richmond (Sept. 13).

AT VIRGINIA: 1998-Durable tailback who led the team in rushing for the second year in a row ... rushed for 1303 yards, the third-highest total in school history and eighth in ACC history ... 1522 all-purpose yards are eighth in school history ... led the ACC in rushing by a wide margin (almost 400 yards and 30 yards per game) ... led the ACC in rushing touchdowns (13), total touchdowns (15), 200-yard games (two) and 100-yard games (seven) ... led all ACC running backs with 28 receptions ... his 5.5 yards per carry average was second in the ACC behind teammate Antwoine Womack ... finished second in the ACC in scoring and third in all-purpose yards ... ninth in total offense in the league-the only non-quarterback in the top 10 ... 11th in the country in rushing, tied for 14th in rushing touchdowns and tied for 13th in total touchdowns ... 24th in the nation in all-purpose yards ... had the top-two rushing games in the ACC-207 yards vs. Georgia Tech and 203 against San Jose State ... also had the fourth-highest game, a 180-yard effort against North Carolina ... began the season by rushing for 100 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries in the opener against Auburn ... ran for 78 yards against Maryland as the Terps stacked the line in an effort to stop the Virginia ground game ... topped the century mark for the second time in his career against Clemson by rushing for 118 yards and one touchdown against the Tigers ... also had three receptions, all for first downs ... had his lowest rushing output of the season against Duke with just 37 yards ... broke out in a big way against San Jose State ... topped the 200-yard plateau for the first time with 203 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries vs. the Spartans ... didn't even play in the fourth quarter of that game ... bolted 80 yards for a touchdown early in the second half ... that tied for the fourth-longest run in school history ... became the third player in ACC history to rush for 200 yards in back-to-back games by running for a career-high 207 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries against Georgia Tech ... scooted 65 yards for a score in the third quarter of that game ... tied his career high with five receptions against the Yellow Jackets ... failed in his attempt to become the first player in ACC history to post three consecutive 200-yard games against N.C. State, but still rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns ... went over the century mark for the fourth game in a row with 142 yards against Wake Forest ... didn't score on the ground vs. Florida State, but caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Brooks ... was a workhorse in a late-season win over North Carolina ... Womack was injured and used sparingly in the contest, but Jones responded by toting the pigskin 35 times for 180 yards and one touchdown ... his 35 carries marked the most by a Cavalier under head coach George Welsh ... rushed for 55 yards against a very stingy Virginia Tech run defense, scoring once ... hauled in a spectacular diving grab in the end zone for a fourth quarter touchdown that pulled the Cavaliers to within 32-29 en route to a record comeback 36-32 win vs. the Hokies ... it was the only game all season where he scored a touchdown rushing and receiving ... rushed 23 times for 96 yards against Georgia in the Peach Bowl ... also caught four passes for 46 yards ... scored on a 24-yard pass play from Brooks in the second quarter ... earned his third letter. 1997-Started all 11 games at tailback ... finished fourth in the ACC and led Virginia in rushing with 692 yards on 201 carries ... rushed for four touchdowns ... averaged 3.4 yards per carry ... caught 17 passes for 127 yards and one touchdown ... also returned three punts for 41 yards and one kickoff for 20 yards ... tied for third on the team in scoring with 30 points and finished third in all-purpose running with 880 yards ... turned in first 100-yard rushing performance of his career against Richmond, gaining 117 yards on 18 carries ... had a run of 41 yards against the Spiders and scored from two yards out in the first quarter ... returned one kickoff for 20 yards and one punt for 16 yards in the Richmond game ... rushed 27 times for 100 yards and one touchdown in UVa's 21-7 win at Clemson ... also caught three passes for 55 yards, including a 24-yard reception, against the Tigers ... had a big day in Virginia's regular season finale against Virginia Tech ... broke loose for a 60-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and scored again on a five-yard pass reception in the third quarter ... the 60-yard run from scrimmage was the longest of his career at the time ... finished with 102 yards on 22 carries against the Hokies ... also had three receptions for 50 yards, including a career-long reception of 37 yards ... led the Cavaliers with 70 yards rushing on 17 attempts and added three catches for two yards in UVa's season-opener against Auburn ... returned two punts for 25 yards against the Tigers ... rushed 26 times for 71 yards against Maryland ... caught a career-high five passes for 10 yards against Duke ... scored on a six-yard run against Florida State ... lettered for the second time. 1996-Backed up starting tailback Tiki Barber ... appeared in all 11 regular season games and against Miami in the Carquest Bowl ... finished third on the team in rushing with 205 yards on 36 carries and three touchdowns ... averaged 5.7 yards per carry ... also caught four passes for 26 yards ... returned one punt for 11 yards ... rushed for 76 yards on five carries against Central Michigan ... bolted 57 yards from deep in Virginia territory on the first carry of his career in the Central Michigan game ... that 57-yard run is the longest run in school history by a player on his first carry ... scored his first career touchdown on a four-yard run against the Chippewas to become just the fifth player since the restoration of freshman eligibility in 1972 to score a touchdown in his first game ... ran for 67 yards on just 10 carries and scored on a 14-yard run against Wake Forest ... also had one catch for 25 yards against the Demon Deacons ... rushed for 24 yards and a touchdown on seven carries against N.C. State ... led the Cavaliers in rushing with 67 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries against Miami in the Carquest Bowl ... ran three yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter ... also caught one pass for seven yards against the Hurricanes ... played most of the Carquest Bowl in place of Barber, who suffered an injury midway through the first quarter and was sidelined for much of the game ... lettered.

HIGH SCHOOL: Held Virginia High School League state records for yards rushing in a season (3,319 in 1994), touchdowns scored in a season (49 in 1995) and touchdowns scored in a career (104, 1992-95) when he graduated from Powell Valley High School ... ranked second in career yards rushing (7,193) and yards rushing in one game (462 yards against J. I. Burton in 1994) ... his Powell Valley football jersey (#6) was retired on November 9, 1995 ... SuperPrep All-American and Mid-Atlantic Offensive Player of the Year in 1995 ... also rated the #2 running back in the nation by SuperPrep ... named to Tom Lemming's (Prep Football Report) All-America Team ... Blue-Chip Illustrated All-American ... ESPN Scholastic Sports All-American ... Scholastic Coach magazine All-America selection ... rated the third best running back prospect in the nation by the G&W Recruiting Report ... named to the Orlando Sentinel All-South Team ... featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" in January of 1996 ... Gatorade "Circle of Champions" Virginia Player of the Year in 1995 ... rated the #1 prospect in Virginia by The Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Roanoke Times ... selected to the Charlottesville Daily Progress/ Lynchburg News & Advance "Gold List" ... All-State Group A and the Offensive Player of the Year in the state as a junior and a senior as voted by The Associated Press and the Virginia High School Coaches Association ... first-team All-Region D and the Region D Player of the Year in 1994 and 1995 ... first-team All-Lonesome Pine District and the Lonesome Pine District Player of the Year as a junior and a senior ... named the Player of the Year in Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee by WCYB-TV and WKPT-TV in 1994 and 1995 ... named Player of the Year by the Bristol Herald Courier and the Kingsport Times-News as a junior and a senior ... selected Male Athlete of the Year in the Lonesome Pine District by the Coalfield Progress in 1994 and 1995 ... Powell Valley's Most Valuable Player as a junior and a senior ... team captain as a senior ... carried the ball 338 times for 3,007 yards and 49 touchdowns as a senior ... as a junior, he rushed 337 times for 3,319 yards and 44 touchdowns ... had 54 carries for 482 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore in 1993 and rushed 40 times for 385 yards and six touchdowns as a freshman ... had six two-point conversions during his high school career ... in addition to rushing for 462 yards against J.I. Burton in 1994, he rushed for over 300 yards in a game on two other occasions ... selected to play in the 1996 Virginia High School League All-Star game ... also a four-year starter in basketball and a four-year letterman in track and field ... scored over 1,000 career points in basketball and was an All-District selection three times and an All-Region selection twice ... competed in the triple jump and as a hurdler, and also participated on relay teams in track.

PERSONAL: Thomas Quinn Jones I ... born 8-19-78 in Big Stone Gap, Va. ... son of Thomas and Betty Jones ... has five sisters and one brother ... an uncle, Edd Clark, played football at Purdue and with the Hamilton Tigercats of the Canadian Football League ... Academic All-Lonesome Pine District 12 times ... voted class president three times ... named Student Ambassador for Wise County Schools by the school board in 1995-96 ... peer counselor from 1992-96 ... is a member of the First Baptist Church in Big Stone Gap ... DARE role model for youth and a Big Brother ... received his undergraduate degree in psychology in May of 1999 ... earned his degree in three years.

JONES RUSHING Net Play Game Year Games Carries Yards Avg Avg LP TD 1996 11 36 205 5.7 18.6 57 3 1997 11 201 692 3.4 62.9 60 4 1998 11 238 1303 5.5 118.5 80 13 Career 33 475 2200 4.6 66.7 80 20

JONES RECEIVING


Year    Games  Receptions  Yards  Yards/Catch  Long  TD  Catch/Game

1996    11     4           26     6.5          25    0   0.4

1997    11     17          127    7.5          37    1   1.5

1998    11     28          179    6.4          19    2   2.5

Career  33     49          332    6.8          37    3   1.5

JONES PUNT RETURNS


Year   Games  Number  Fair Catch  Yards  Average  Long  TD

1996   11     1       2    1        1     11.0    11    0

1997   11     3       6    4        1     13.7    21    0

1998   11     1       7    1        3     13.0    13    0

Career 33     5       15   6        5     13.0    21    0

JONES KICKOFF RETURNS


Year    Games  Number  Yards  Average  Long  TD

1996    11     0       0      0.0      0     0

1997    11     1       20     20.0     20    0

1998    11     1       27     27.0     27    0

Career  33     2       47     23.5     27    0

JONES CAREER RECEIVING


Game-By-Game

1996 Opp. Rec. Yds. TD Long Cent. Mich. 1 0 0 0 Maryland 0 0 0 0 @Wake Forest 1 25 0 25 Texas 0 0 0 0 @Ga. Tech 1 2 0 2 N.C. State 0 0 0 0 @Florida State 0 0 0 0 @Duke 1 -1 0 -1 Clemson 0 0 0 0 North Carolina 0 0 0 0 @Va. Tech 0 0 0 0 Miami*** 1 7 0 0

1997 Opp. Rec. Yds. TD Long Auburn 3 2 0 3 Richmond 0 0 0 0 @North Carolina 1 0 0 0 Wake Forest 1 5 0 5 @Clemson 3 55 0 24 Duke 5 10 0 5 Florida State 0 0 0 0 @Maryland 0 0 0 0 Georgia Tech 0 0 0 0 @N.C. State 1 5 0 5 Virginia Tech 3 50 1 37

1998 Opp. Rec. Yds. TD Long @Auburn 3 18 0 8 Maryland 2 14 0 12 Clemson 3 17 0 8 @Duke 2 12 0 15 San Jose State 2 26 0 19 @Georgia Tech 5 29 0 13 N.C. State 0 0 0 - @Wake Forest 3 12 0 7 @Florida State 2 11 1 8 North Carolina 2 13 0 12 @Virginia Tech 4 27 1 18 Georgia^^^ 4 46 1 24

*** - Carquest Bowl ^^^ - Peach Bowl + - Led team