Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2015)
Chris Jones was one of five true freshmen to see action for the Huskers in 2014, with the Florida product providing depth at cornerback. The 6-0, 180-pound Jones has added more than 10 pounds of muscle since his arrival in Lincoln and has the size and strength to be an effective corner for the Blackshirt defense. Jones had a strong spring and is poised to contend for significant action as a sophomore.
Jones was also one of Nebraska’s top special teams performers last fall, helping Nebraska’s punt and kickoff coverage units rank among the Big Ten’s best. He is likely to continue to be a key player on special teams in 2015.
Jones played in 12 games, primarily on special teams. Jones had seven tackles, including five solo stops, and had a fumble recovery on punt coverage against Iowa. Five of Jones’ seven tackles were on special teams, including two at Northwestern. He had two solo tackles on defense at Fresno State.
Before Nebraska (Sandalwood HS)
Jones’ play as a senior helped Coach Adam Geis’ Sandalwood High School team to an 8-3 record and a berth in the Class 8A state playoffs in 2013. Jones keyed the Sandalwood defense, making 32 tackles, while intercepting four passes, including one that he returned for a touchdown. Jones was named to the All-First Coast team by the Florida Times-Union.
As a junior, Jones helped Sandalwood to a 7-3 record, and the school narrowly missed the Class 8A playoffs. Jones chose Nebraska after also visiting Purdue, and also had offers from South Florida, Western Kentucky, Florida International and Western Michigan. Jones was regarded as one of the top 60 athlete prospects in the country by 247 Sports.
Jones was born on Aug. 13, 1995, and Lucille Payton is his legal guardian. Jones has not declared a major, but was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2015. Jones has participated in community outreach efforts with Uplifting Athletes and local rec center and school visits.
Jones' Career Stats
» Games Played – 12 (all in 2014)
» Tackles – 5 UT, 2 AT, 7 TT (all in 2014)