Mike Jones, CB, Temple
Baltimore, MD | 5096 | 190 | 4.45E |2018
A physical corner who can run with the best of them. Possesses strong instincts, breaks up a bunch of passes. He seems to do better when in man coverage versus his zone coverage; he’ll have an occasional lapse in judgement at times when playing zone. Dangerous in the open field as a return man. A transfer from North Carolina Central, he had two punt returns for touchdowns, while setting the school’s all-time record for punt return average before his arrival at Temple, where he has continued to return kicks. He played just three games in 2015 due to injury. Graduated in December of 2016. He has played in a winning atmosphere at NCCU, starring as an All-MEAC selection and helped guide the Eagles to the MEAC title and the Celebration Bowl. Projects as a Nickelback at the next level at his size and will likely have to earn his way onto a team as an undrafted free agent.
2016: Named to All-MEAC first-team as both a defensive back and return specialist … as a return specialist, topped MEAC with an average of 22.0 yards per punt return and was one of only four returners in FCS with two punt return touchdowns … as a cornerback, tallied 30 tackles and five passes defended with two interceptions and three pass break-ups.
2015: Started first three games of the season before suffering season-ending injury in first quarter of third game at FIU (9/19) … broke school record with 145 punt return yards versus Saint Augustine’s … granted a medical redshirt.
2014: Earned first-team All-MEAC honors as both a return specialist and defensive back … selected to All-America Teams by The Sports Network, Beyond Sports Network and BOXTOROW … ranked second in the nation (NCAA Division I-FCS) in punt returns, averaging 19.1 yards per return with a long of 60 yards … averaged team-best 22.3 yards per kickoff return … led the MEAC and ranked sixth in the NCAA Division I-FCS with 18 passes defended, including five interceptions and 13 pass break-ups … collected 40 tackles (30 solo) with 2.5 TFLs.
2013: Announced as a candidate for the Jerry Rice Award, presented by The Sports Network to the top first-year player in NCAA Division I-FCS … played in 11 of 12 games, including eight as a starting cornerback … ranked third in the MEAC with four interceptions and fourth in the conference with 12 PBUs … added 39 tackles (27 solo), including 3.5 TFLs, one fumble recovery.
High School: Three-time all-county selection at Milford Mill Academy … tagged all-state and all-division as a senior … helped lead team to state semifinals with 11-2 record … as a senior, amassed 59 tackles, 4 interceptions, 5 PBUs and 3 forced fumbles, while also recording more than 1,400 all-purpose yards (600 rushing, 501 receiving, 305 return yards).
Personal: Born Michael Jones Jr. in Baltimore, Md. … parents are Erica Williams and Michael Jones, Sr. … earned his undergraduate degree in sports management from North Carolina Central.