|7 Zay Jones|
Zeek Bigger and Bryce Williams Garner First-Team Accolades
Pirates Keep Bowl Chances Intact with First Win in Orlando Since 2008
Junior Receiver Is Also A Fred Biletnikoff And Paul Hornung Candidate
Junior Receiver Was Also Named To Paul Hornung Watch List On July 6
Junior Receiver Has Hauled Down 10 Career Touchdowns
A personable, charismatic and gifted performer who should be a primary contender for conference and national honors consideration as a junior ... A First-Team Preseason All-American Athletic Conference selection by Athlon Sports, Phil Steele Magazine and Sporting News ... Selected to the 2015 Paul Hornung Award and Fred Biletnikoff Watch Lists ... Quickly developed into a fan favorite around the ECU campus and Greenville community ... Completed spring workouts as the designated starter at the "H" inside receiver slot for the third consecutive year ... Will also serve as one the Pirates' top return threats again, primarily on kickoffs ... Overall, has played in 26 games with 17 starts ... Will open junior campaign standing sixth on ECU's career receptions list with 143 (for 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns) and in possession of an active streak of at least one catch in 23-straight games (dating back to Sept. 14, 2013 vs. Virginia Tech) ... Caught multiple passes in 25 contests and posted triple-digit receiving yard totals on five occasions (twice in 2013, thrice in 2014) ... Has also has returned 28 kickoffs for 575 yards (20.5 ypr) ... Has started both bowl contests played in (Beef `O' Brady's, Birmingham) ... Hauled in four catches for 72 yards and a touchdown (40-yarder from Kurt Benkert) in the first spring scrimmage on March 28 ... Added three more receptions for 16 yards during the second contest (April 11) before a two-catch, 20-yard effort during the Purple-Gold Game on April 18 ... Turned in one of the top back squats (475 pounds), power cleans (306), push jerks (260), vertical leaps (36.5"), broad jumps (11'5"), pro shuttle and 60-shuttle times (4.04 and 11.26) among all receivers during the spring strength and conditioning testing period ... Cited by head strength coach Jeff Connors as the most improved member of the program (physical development).
2014: Ranked second on the team with in receptions (81), while standing third in receiving yards (830) and receiving yards per game (63.8) ... Was also among American Athletic Conference leaders in receptions (3rd), receptions per game (3rd), all-purpose yards (4th/1,315 yards/101.2 ypg), receiving yards (4th) and receiving yards per game (7th) ... Rated 29th nationally in receptions per game (6.2) ... Started nine of 13 games and averaged 10.2 yards per catch ... Produced three 100-yard receiving games (150/N.C. Central, 116/North Carolina, 130/SMU) ... Recorded 10 catches against N.C. Central and Connecticut, which marked a career-best ... Hauled in at least five passes in nine of 13 games (eight or more in five outings) ... Scored five TDs (single scores vs. N.C. Central/season-long 41-yarder, Virginia Tech/two, North Carolina/25, SMU/11 and Tulane/four) ... Returned 24 kickoffs for 477 yards (19.9 ypr), with a long of 44 against Tulane ... Tallied 100 or more all-purpose yards seven times with a personal-best of 192 vs. N.C. Central (150/receiving, 36/kickoff return, eight/punt return) ... Was an ESPN.com Game Ball recipient and earned American Athletic Conference Honor Roll honors for performance vs. Eagles in the season opener ... Also produced a notable 177 all-purpose yards (27/receiving, 150/kickoff return) at Cincinnati ... The 150 kickoff return yards against the Bearcats were the most by a Pirate since Chris Johnson had 153 yards against Boise State in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (2007) - a span of 88 games ... Thirty-one (31) of 81 receptions went for 10 or more yards (10 for 20-plus) ... On the receiving end of a 30-yard pass (third quarter) from Shane Carden where he became the school's all-time passing (yards) leader against SMU ... Was one-of-two passing, recording only completion (no yards) to Shane Carden against Connecticut ... Closed out season with six-catch, 64-yard effort against Florida in the Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field ... Averaged 99.5 receiving yards per game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium (47-597 in six contest), compared to a 33.3 average on the road (34-233 in seven games) ... A Phil Steele Magazine Midseason All-American Athletic Conference First-Team selection ... Selected as the program's recipient of the Rock Roggeman Heart-of-the-Pirate Award (which is symbolizes the most inspirational player) at the team's annual awards banquet.
2013: Earned selection to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team ... A true rookie who played in all 13 games (eight starts) ... Was unit's second-leading receiver with 62 catches for 604 yards (9.7 ypr) and five touchdowns, trailing only Hardy ... Longest pass reception went for 59 yards against Marshall ... Also had four kickoff returns for 98 yards (24.5 ypr) with a long of 28 (FIU) ... Caught multiple passes in 12 of 13 contests (none vs. Virginia Tech) ... Posted triple-digits in receiving yards twice -- 8-104 vs. Tulsa and 9-123 vs. Marshall ... In collegiate debut against Old Dominion, caught a pair of passes for 11 yards with his first career reception going for a seven-yard score ... First collegiate start came at Tulane (and opened all remaining games afterwards) ... Had two season-high nine-reception contests (FIU and Marshall) ... Recorded a personal-best two touchdowns against Tulsa (18 and 25-yarders) ... Other four scores came against Old Dominion (four-yarder), Southern Miss (11-yarder) and FIU (35-yarder) ... Ranked sixth on the team with 30 points ... Twenty-four of 62 receptions went for 10 or more yards (5 of 20-plus that included TDs against FIU and Tulsa) ... Caught five or more passes on seven occasions ... Topped 50-plus yards receiving four times ... Thirty-one of 62 receptions resulted in an ECU first down or touchdown ... Tied for fifth in C-USA with the 62 catches, while also ranking fifth with 4.8 receptions per contest ... Tallied 100 or more all-purpose yards on three occasions (120/Florida Atlantic, 104/Tulsa and 123/Marshall) ... Averaged 6.4 receptions and 64.3 reception yards per game in eight games as a starter (2.2/18.0 in five games coming off the bench ... Other contest of note was an eight-catch, 48-yard afternoon against Ohio in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl at Tropicana Field ... Selected as the wide receiver-of-the-year during the program's annual postseason awards banquet.
High School: On the receiving end of 36 passes for 439 yards (12.2 ypr) and six touchdowns as a senior at Stephen F. Austin High School ... Led Maroons with 14 kick returns for 159 yards (11.4 ypr), rushed for an additional 204 yards on 41 carries and completed three-of-six passes for 32 yards and a TD ... A two-year varsity starter for coach Mike Rosenthal, who was a Monogram winner at Notre Dame and enjoyed an NFL career with the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins ... Rates as a three-star recruit according to Scout.com and ESPN.com ... A First-Team All-District (15-5A) selection at wide receiver and kick returner in 2012 .... One of only three wide receivers to earn a spot on the Austin American-Statesman's All-Central Texas 2012 preseason football team ... Also was a Fanstand/KJCE AM 1370 Preseason All-Austin Area Team pick as a receiver ... Contest of note was a five-catch, 65-yard, two-touchdown effort against Westwood in the Maroons' season opener ... Caught 41 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns as a junior ... Also ran for 55 yards and a score 42 attempts and completed 27-of-53 passes for 280 yards with four TDs and four interceptions in 2011 ... Junior season highlight was a three-touchdown passing performance against Akins ... Split the District 15-5A Newcomer-of-the-Year award with Bowie junior running back Gino Jonassaint in '11 ... Earned additional letters in track (won the district triple jump championship and competed on the 4x1 and 4x2 relay teams).
Personal: Full name is Isaiah Avery Jones, but prefers to be called Zay ... Born March 30, 1995 at Dallas, Texas ... Major is communications ... Earned ECU Honor Roll (2013 fall semester) and Dean's List (2014 spring and fall semesters and 2015 spring semester) status for work in the classroom ... Also earned Capital One Academic All-District (first-team) honors during the 2014 season ... Son of former Pirate letterman (1988-91) Robert Jones, who remains the only consensus (AP, Scripps-Howard, Football News, Walter Camp, Kodak, College Football Writers Association, College & Pro Football Newsweekly) All-America performer (1991) in the history of the ECU program ... Father also earned All-America honors out of his linebacking position as a junior in 1990 and was a part of three Super Bowl championship teams with the Dallas Cowboys (1993, 1994, 1996) ... Uncle, Jeff Blake, was quarterback on the 1991 East Carolina team and had an extended career in the NFL ... Blake placed seventh in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy as a senior with the Pirates when he passed for 3,073 yards ... Cousin, Torre Blake, plays for the ECU volleyball team ... Cousin Emory Blake, who caught a touchdown pass in the 2010 national championship game while playing for Auburn, is currently on the St. Louis Rams roster ... Older brother, Cayleb Jones, is currently a wide receiver in the Arizona program ... In all, has five siblings ... Enjoys acting and dancing, in fact, served as co-master of ceremonies for the 2015 ECU Goldspy's (an annual awards presentation and ceremony emulating the ESPY's).