Jones, Mauck go in the seventh round

The so-called experts said the odds were against either player getting picked in the 2004 NFL Draft.<br><br>But former LSU quarterback Matt Mauck and punter Donnie Jones were part of an even more unlikely event when they were taken in successive picks in the final round.

The Seattle Seahawks chose Jones with the 224th overall pick in the draft. He will be asked to compete with Tom Rouen for the starting punter's job.

Jones punted 233 times for 9,798 yards (42.05-yard average) over his four-year career at LSU. His total number of punters surpasses the school records of 186 punts by Chad Kessler. Only Kessler (42.5 avg.) has a better career punting average at LSU.

Only 117 of Jones' punts were returned, with 69 attempts downed inside the 20-yard line, 49 others were fair-caught and 21 resulted in touchbacks.

Mauck came off the bench to lead LSU to a win in the SEC Championship Game in 2001. He took the 2002 Tigers to a 5-1 start before suffering a season ending foot injury. He mended well for 2003 and led the Tigers to another SEC title and their first national championship since 1958.

Mauck was 18 as the starting quarterback for two seasons at LSU. His .900 winning percentage mark is the best winning percentage for a quarterback in school history. He finished his career with 3,831 passing yards, completing 310 of 529 passes for 37 touchdowns and 18 interceptions while rushing for 345 yards and five scores.

Mauck left LSU with a kinesiology degree in December and ranked third in school history in touchdown passes (37) and completion percentage (58.6), sixth in pass completion (310), seventh in attempts (529) and eighth in passing yards (3,831).

He plans to go to dental school after giving the NFL a go.

Mauck and Jones brought the total of LSU players drafted in 2004 to seven, one shy of the school record eight chosen in 1948.

Head coach Nick Saban has had 19 of his players drafted since taking over the LSU program for the 2000 season.

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