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Chris Jones
Player Profile:
Chris Jones 1808944
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 170
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
High School: Sandalwood
Major: Sociology

Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2015)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2015; Fall 2015)

2016 Season Notes
» Interception in each of the first two games of 2016.
» Career-high six tackles against Oregon, previous high was three.
» Career-high two TFLs, career-high two breakups and second career sack at Northwestern.
» Had a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter at Indiana. Also matched a career high with a pair of pass breakups.

2016 Outlook
Chris Jones emerged as a starter at cornerback during the second half of the 2015 season and will look to continue in a key role for the Blackshirts this fall. The 6-0, 185-pound Jones teams with fellow junior Joshua Kalu to give NU a pair of tested and talented cornerbacks to defend opposing receivers. 

A Florida native, Jones has added more than 15 pounds of muscle to his 6-0 frame since arriving in Lincoln. He has both the size and strength needed to excel at the corner position in the Big Ten Conference. Jones also continued to contribute on special teams during his sophomore season in 2015. Off the field, Jones was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2015.

2015 (Sophomore)
Jones played in all 13 games and started seven games at cornerback. He finished the season with 25 tackles, including 21 solo stops. Jones also added two interceptions, five breakups, two tackles for loss and a sack.

In non-conference play Jones had three tackles each against South Alabama, Miami and Southern Miss, and had a five-yard sack against the Golden Eagles. Jones added three-tackle games in Big Ten play against Wisconsin and Michigan State, and had a pair of tackles in four other games. He registered his first career interception at Rutgers in the second quarter at Rutgers. His second pick of the season ended UCLA's final scoring threat in a 37-29 victory in the Foster Farms Bowl.

2014 (Freshman)

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 is a sociology major, and has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll twice. Jones has participated in community outreach efforts with Uplifting Athletes and local rec center and school visits.

Jones' Career Statistics























2014 12/0  5 2  7 0-0 0.0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0
2015 13/7 21 4 25 2-7 1.0-5 0-0 0 5 2 0


11/4 11 10 21 2-7 1.0-5 0-1 0 5 2 0


 Single-Game Highs

» Tackles - 3, five times
» Interceptions - 1 at Rutgers, vs.UCLA (2015)
» Pass Breakups- 1, five times

» Tackles for Loss - 1, twice
» Sacks - 1-5 vs. Southern Miss (2015)

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