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#26 Tony Jones
Position: Tail Back
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
Hometown: Paterson, N.J.
High School: Don Bosco Prep
Experience: 3 Letters
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AT COLORADO: This Season (Jr.)—He ended spring drills listed second at tailback.  He enters his junior year 74th in career rushing yards (617) and 38th in career receptions (53) at Colorado.

2012 (Soph.)—He played in 11 games (two starts, missing the Fresno State game due to a sore ankle), finishing second on the team in rushing with 320 yards; he averaged a team-best 5.1 yards per rush, buoyed by an 84-yard touchdown run at Washington State.  That play was key in CU’s comeback from 17 points down in a 35-34 win, and tied for the eighth-longest rushing play in school history.  He was third on the team in receptions (26) and scoring (18 points), and earned 13 first downs (seven rushing, six receiving).  He had a career-high 105 yards on four carries at Washington State, and gained between 31 and 43 yards on five occasions; his other touchdowns came against Arizona State and Utah.  He caught five passes (for 19 yards) versus UCLA and had four catches for a season-best 57 yards at USC.  He was dedicated in his summer workouts, gaining 12-15 pounds of muscle in his upper body and entered the season at a playing weight of 190, up from 175 as a redshirt frosh.  He had 22 touches for 316 yards in the spring (14.4 per, 15-216 rushing, 7-100 receiving) with three touchdowns.

2011 (Fr.-RS)—He played in all 13 games, including two starts (Oregon, Arizona State), finishing second on the team in rushing with 297 yards on 78 carries (3.8 per) and two touchdowns.  He was also a favorite target out of the backfield, hauling in 27 receptions for 198 yards and two scores; those were the fourth most catches on the team.  He earned 22 first downs (14 rushing), picking up four of those in five 3rd-and-1 on third downs.  He tried his hand at returning kickoffs, with six for 105 yards, or 17.5 per.  He had the bulk of his rushing yards subbing for an injured Rodney Stewart, seeing his first extensive action at Washington after Stewart went down: he had 14 carries for 49 yards which included both his scoring runs (1- and 2-yards) and caught seven passes for 49 yards.  In his first start, he had 71 yards on 19 attempts against Oregon, and when Stewart was injured again in the season finale at Utah, he had 72 yards on 12 carries.  He also caught seven passes for 61 yards at Arizona State and had his receiving TD’s at Stanford and versus Arizona (both five yards in length).  He had an outstanding spring, as in the three main scrimmages, he rushed 36 times for 189 yards (5.3 avg.) and two touchdowns.

2010 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced all fall in the offensive backfield and played a key role on the scout team.

HIGH SCHOOLAs a senior, he earned third-team All-America honors by EA Sports.  He started all four years at Don Bosco Prep under coach Gary Toal, helping the team to a 47-1 record, four Non-Public Group 4 state championships and a consensus national championship in 2009.  Don Bosco Prep won the mythical national championship by finishing in the top spot in the USA Today Super 25 poll and the National Prep Football Poll (and three other polls or rankings).  In his career, he rushed 343 times for 2,608 yards and 61 touchdowns.  He also caught 39 passes for 481 yards and five touchdowns and returned 17 kickoffs for 341 yards and one touchdown.  As a senior, he was the Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year while The New Jersey Star-Ledger named him the New Jersey Player of the Year, first-team All-State, Non-Public-League Player of the Year, first-team All-Non-Public League, Bergen County Player of the Year and first-team All-Bergen County.  He earned North Jersey Record Tri-County Player of the Year, first-team All-Tri-County and first-team All-Conference honors as a senior, as well.  He rushed 174 times for 1,387 yards and 34 touchdowns, caught 13 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown and had 13 kickoff returns for 226 yards and a touchdown.  His 34 rushing touchdowns and 36 overall touchdowns set new school records. He also blocked one kick on special teams. He was named the North Jersey Record Player of the Week four times and also earned the U.S. Army All-America Bowl National Player of the Week honors after a win over Prattville High School in Alabama, when he rushed 22 times for 220 yards and three touchdowns in a game that secured Don Bosco Prep as the nation’s best team.  He scored at least two rushing touchdowns in every game, three or more in seven games and four on three occasions.  Don Bosco Prep put itself on the map early in the season his senior year, opening the season by traveling across the country to play De La Salle out of Concord, Calif., and earning a 30-6 victory behind Jones’ performance of 21 carries for 91 yards and three touchdowns.  He closed out his career with 31 carries for 218 yards and four touchdowns against St. Peter’s Prep to win the Non-Public League Championship. He scored six total touchdowns in that game, as he had one kickoff return for a 90 yards and two catches for 71 yards and a score. He put up the numbers his senior season despite not playing in the second half of six games.  As a junior, he earned second-team Non-Public Group 4 honors from the North Jersey Record despite having a shortened season with a broken collar bone. In eight games, he rushed 41 times for 271 yards and four touchdowns, and had five receptions for 77 yards.  He earned third-team All-Bergen County from the New Jersey Record as a sophomore when he rushed 72 times for 487 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had 11 receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns and returned eight kickoffs for 171 yards.  He opened his sophomore campaign by rushing 11 times for 102 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-20 victory against St. Joseph’s (Pa.).  As a freshman, he had 56 rushes for 463 yards and eight touchdowns while catching 10 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.  He opened his career as a freshman with 11 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown in a 31-28 win over St. Joseph’s (Pa.) and had his first 100-yard game against St. Joseph Regional with just three carries compiling 100 yards that included a 63 yard touchdown.  Don Bosco recorded 12-0 records his freshman, sophomore and senior seasons and an 11-1 record his junior year.  He also participated in track (sprints, relays) as a freshman. 

ACADEMICSHe is majoring in Ethnic Studies at Colorado.

PERSONALHe was born March 15, 1992 in Paterson, N.J.  He enjoys playing video games and studying to keep his grades up.  He volunteered for St. Joseph’s hospital as a transport assistant, helping deliver patients throughout the hospital, where he worked for five hours every Sunday for seven months prior to his senior season.  As a senior in high school during the holiday season, he worked for a landscape nursery helping trim and deliver Christmas trees.  He has a sincere interest in the future to help younger kids attend school and get a degree instead of being on the streets.


  Rushing High Games Receiving High Games
Season G Att Yds Avg. TD Long Att Yds No. Yds Avg. TD Long Rec Yds
2011 13 78 297 3.8 2 38 19 72 27 168 6.2 2 20 7 61

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS-Kickoff Returns: 6-105, 17.5 avg., 23 long (2011). 

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