Honors and Awards
- Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (2011)
- Academic All-Big Ten (2011)
- First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2008, 2009)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (2007, 2008)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
- Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2009, 2010, 2011)
Offensive tackle Marcel Jones completed an outstanding Nebraska career in 2011. The 6-7, 320-pound Jones battled a number of injuries throughout his Husker career. He 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 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 rushed for 1,357 yards on the ground. Jones was honored for his work on the line, receiving honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors from both the conference media and coaches.
Jones made 21 career starts in his Nebraska career and he played in 40 career games. Jones picked up his degree in construction management in December of 2011, after earning academic All-Big Ten accolades during the 2011 season.
Jones played in 12 games, including starts in all eight Big Ten contests and the Capital One Bowl. Jones' play at right tackle has helped Nebraska rank 15th nationally in rushing offense at 217.2 yards per game. The Huskers 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.
2008 (Redshirt Freshman)
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 redshirted in 2007.
Jones sat out his first season as a redshirt and worked on the scout team, while adding muscle to his 6-7 frame.
Before Nebraska (Trevor Browne HS)
Jones was part of an impressive group of prep standouts joining the NU program from the state of Arizona in 2007. 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 accolades as a senior. Jones was ranked among the top 15 prospects in Arizona by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
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 performance 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. Jones chose Nebraska over Arizona State.
Marcel is the son of Ulysses and Tracy Torry and was born on Sept. 4, 1988. He earned academic All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 2011, after earning first-team academic All-Big 12 accolades in both 2008 and 2009. He was a six-time Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll selection. Jones was active in the community and was named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He volunteered his time with School is Cool Week, F Street Recreation Center, the Legacy Retirement Center, the Madonna Wheelchair Football Workshop and numerous hospital and elementary school visits.
Jones' Career Numbers
» Games Played - 40 (13 in 2008; 11 in 2009; 4 in 2010; 12 in 2011)
» Games Started - 21 (1 in 2008; 11 in 2009; 9 in 2011)