FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Two-time All-American and three-time All-SEC performer Felix Jones returns to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday to serve as the A-Club Honorary Captain in Arkansas’ SEC home opener against Auburn.
Jones began his illustrious three-year career in 2005, teaming up with Darren McFadden to manufacture what would be one of the greatest rushing attacks in college football history.
Both a running back and kickoff returner, Jones made an immediate impact as a dual-threat playmaker and wasted no time garnering accolades. In his freshman campaign, he ranked second nationally with a 31.94-yard average on 17 kickoff returns. He totaled 543 return yards and one touchdown en route to becoming the first true freshman in school history to earn first team All-America honors. He also rushed for 626 yards and three touchdowns and earned All-SEC recognition.
Jones was an All-SEC selection again as a sophomore in 2006, rushing for 1,168 yards – the 10th most in a single season in school history. The tandem of Jones and McFadden combined for 2,815 yards on the ground, helping the Razorbacks lead the conference in rushing (228.5 yards per game). At the time they became only the third duo in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.
Capping his collegiate career in dominating fashion, Jones was a consensus All-American and first team All-SEC selection as a kickoff returner. He finished the 2007 season with 1,162 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, while averaging a nation-leading 9.1 yards per carry. The Razorbacks ranked fourth nationally in rushing offense (286.54 yards per game), and it was the second straight season that Jones and McFadden each broke the 1,000-yard rushing barrier.
The Tulsa, Oklahoma product finished his Arkansas career with 5,099 all-purpose yards and 27 touchdowns, ranking third and seventh in program history, respectively. He inked his name all over the Razorback record book – currently owning a top-10 spot for 22 individual school records while also leading the SEC in career yards per kickoff return (28.2).
After his tenure on The Hill, Jones was selected 22nd overall by the Dallas Cowboys, where he spent five seasons. He was also a member of the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013.
The A-Club honorary captain is recognized before each home game for their outstanding accomplishments on the field during their Razorback career. Before kickoff, they will be recognized and will accompany the captains to midfield for the coin toss.
The honorary captain program was launched in 2002 and has recognized more than 70 former Razorback football student-athletes.
The Razorbacks return to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium Saturday as they host Auburn in their first SEC home game of the 2015 season. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. The contest will be televised live on SEC Network, WatchESPN.com and through the Watch ESPN app on mobile devices. Fans can purchase tickets for Arkansas’ three SEC home games with an SEC Pack. For more information and to purchase, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com or call 1-800-982-HOGS.
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