Jones cleared for 2006

Wide receiver Derrick Jones, 6-1, 180 received clearance today from the NCAA to participate in the 2006 football season according to the Oregon Athletic Department. Jones, enrolled at the university for winter term had participated in spring workouts in April and also had ran track during the spring but his status for the 2006 football season was in question until today.

Jones, out of Long Beach Polytechnic High School (Calif.) had initially signed a national letter of intent to USC in 2004 but was unable to enroll and for the fall term. He later signed a letter of intent to Oregon in 2005 but was unable to enroll at Oregon until winter term 2006.

Because he had participated in a practice in August 2004 while at USC, his eligibility status was a stumbling block for his continued participation in football at Oregon until the matter was resolved.

The speedy wide receiver showed great promise during the spring workouts and may see playing time as a true freshman as a wide receiver and punt return specialist. During the Pac-10 championships held at Eugene on May 13-14, Jones was part of the winning 4x100-relay team that helped propel the Ducks to a second place finish in the conference championships.

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