To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at his current institution. No student-athlete is eligible until he has completed one full calendar year at his current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
Jones, who also earned First-Team Academic All-District selection in 2014 and 2016, is a two-time member of the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. Boasting a 3.56 GPA as a communications major, he garnered Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll accolades as a freshman and is a six-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll member.
The Austin, Texas native is a finalist for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy (one of 12) presented by Fidelity Investments, National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Jones was also named a finalist for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award (one of 10), honoring the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.
A two-year team captain, Jones wrapped up his four-year career as the NCAA FBS career (399) and single-season (158) receptions leader, while setting new ECU and American Athletic Conference single-season standards in catches and receiving yards (1,746) on his way to First-Team All-American Athletic Conference accolades as a senior.
This season, Jones led the NCAA FBS in four categories: receptions, receiving yards, receptions per game (13.20) and receiving yards per game (145.5). In 12 games he caught a personal-best eight touchdown passes and registered nine double-triples (catches-yards), which included a career-high 22 receptions for 190 yards at South Carolina on Sept. 17.