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      Mark Jones
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Wallingford, Pa.

High School:
Strath Haven

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 185

Position:
WR

Experience:
3L

Full name: Mark Christopher Jones ... Born Nov. 3, 1980 ... Jersey number: 10.

HONORS -
2003 Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 22) CAREER - Games/Started: 49/17

2003 -
Games/Started: 13/13 ... The most versatile player on the Vols' roster, this senior playmaker added the wide receiver position to his already loaded list of responsibilities ... In addition to receiver, was also used in the Vols' defensive Mustang package and on special teams on punt returns and kick coverage units ... Ranked second in the SEC and third nationally with an average of 15.7 yards per punt return during the regular season ... During the regular season, he played 384 offensive snaps, 208 defensive snaps and 70 special teams plays (662 total plays) ... Led the team with 904 all-purpose yards during the regular season ... In the opening game against Fresno State--making his first career start at the wide receiver position--he caught one pass for 12 yards and returned five punts for 56 yards while logging 57 snaps overall ... Made at least one big play in each quarter against the Bulldogs, making a touchdown-saving tackle on a punt return, knocking Fresno State out of field goal range by forcing intentional grounding on a blitz, making an open-field tackle on third down and setting up UT's final points with a 29-yard punt return ... Caught four passes for 35 yards and also made a tackle during the win over Marshall ... Was on the field for 73 snaps against the Thundering Herd ... In the Florida game, he snagged his third career interception to stop a Gator drive and had the longest run of the day on a 24-yard reverse ... Caught the longest pass in Tennessee football history when he stole the ball from the grasp of a Georgia defender and then raced to the end zone for a 90-yard score ... Finished with 117 yards on four catches against the Bulldogs ... Had one tackle vs. Alabama to go with two catches for 34 yards and a 19-yard rush on a reverse ... Against Duke, had one rush for five yards, two catches for 32 yards and one punt return for 23 yards ... Gained 14 yards of total offense against Miami and also applied the pressure that caused Hurricane quarterback Brock Berlin to throw a critical fourth-quarter interception in the red zone on Miami's final drive of the game ... Caught a career-high five passes against Mississippi State for 90 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown reception ... Also returned three punts for 56 yards and made two solo tackles on defense against the Bulldogs ... Was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after accounting for 216 all-purpose yards in the Vols' 48-0 win over Vanderbilt ... Against the Commodores, he caught three passes for 45 yards, returned five punts for 120 yards (including a 58-yard return for a touchdown) and nabbed one interception, which he returned 51 yards to the Vandy 7-yard line ... Made three tackles and forced a fumble against Kentucky and also caught three passes for 36 yards and a touchdown ... Finished the UK game with 92 snaps played, 19 more than his previous high ... Caught a 30-yard touchdown pass against Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl ... Also added four solo special-teams tackles on the year for good measure.

2002 - Games/Started: 13/4 ... Versatile Vol who played both safety positions in the secondary and also returned punts ... Recorded 50 tackles including a sack ... Had one intereception and forced a fumble ... The forced fumble came against Kentucky and stopped a Wildcat drive at the Tennessee 21-yard line ... The Vol offense eventually turned the turnover into a touchdown ... Intereception came against Vanderbilt which vanquished any hopes of a Commodore comeback late in the game ... The interception gave the Vols excellent field position which led to a field goal ... Led the Vols with 26 punt returns for 240 yards ... Also had four kickoff returns ... Took one of those returns 82 yards for a touchdown against Alabama ... Helped the Vols rank second in the SEC in average kickoff return yardage at 24.1 per return ... Started two games during the season at free safety and one game at strong safety.

2001 - Games/Started: 13/0 ... Season highlight came against Vanderbilt ... Stepped in front of a pass for an interception and returned it 27 yards to the Commodore 24-yard line ... The Vols scored five plays later ... Stopped a Notre Dame scoring drive by helping force an Irish fumble at the Tennessee 15-yard line ... The play turned into a Tennessee scoring drive as a teammate scooped up the loose ball and scampered 81 yards for a touchdown ... Registered a tackle in every game with a season-best six coming against Alabama ... Had five-tackle games versus Florida and Kentucky.

2000 - Games/Started: 10/0...Switched to defensive back from wide receiver after Florida game...He was credited with three tackles and one assist, dividing time between secondary and kick coverage ...

HIGH SCHOOL -Listed as the No. 1 athlete prospect in the East region by PrepStar ... Was the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Player of the Year in 1999 ... Named USA Today Player of the Year in Pennsylvania ... ... Named Class 3A All-State as a senior ... Four-year starter at wide receiver and defensive back ... Led team to Class 3A title during his senior season by rushing for 114 yards and catching three passes for 53 yards in championship game ... Team had a 15-0 record for the season ... Rushed for 935 yards on 114 carries and caught 31 balls for 632 yards during his final season ... Had 23 total touchdowns in 1999, which set the county record for total scores ... Ran back two kickoffs for scores, both covering 93 yards ... Also participated in track ... Coach at Strath Haven High School: Kevin Clancy.

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
TOT
FUM
FUM
Class/Year
UT
AT
HITS
REC
CAU
TFL
PBU
INT
Fr. 2000
3
1
4
0
0
0
0
0
So. 2001
28
9
37
0
1
0
1
1
Jr. 2002
39
16
55
1
1
1
6
1
Sr. 2003
17
3
20
0
0
0
3
2
TOTALS
87
29
116
1
2
1
10
4
PUNT RETURN STATISTICS
Class/Year
NO
YDS
AVG
TD
LONG
Jr. 2002
26
240
9.2
0
38-RU
Sr. 2003
20
303
15.1
1
58-VU
TOTALS
46
543
11.8
1
58-VU
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