|7 Isaiah Jones|
Justin Hardy caught two of Shane Carden's three touchdown passes and threw one of his own on a trick play.
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
Carden Passes For Three Scores, Hardy Catches One and Throws For Another
ECU vs. Ohio (USA Today Gallery)
A personable, charismatic and gifted young talent who should content for conference, if not national, honors consideration as a sophomore ... Was a Preseason All-American Athletic Conference (fourth team) selection by Phil Steele's College Football Preview Magazine ... Has quickly developed into a fan favorite despite short time in the program ... Completed spring workouts as the designated starter at the "H" inside receiver slot, opposite Justin Hardy ... Could also possibly experience role as a return specialist after gaining limited work a year ago on the kickoff unit ... Hauled in four catches for 34 yards in the first spring scrimmage on March 31 ... Added another catch for eight yards during the second contest before a three-reception, 31-yard effort during the Purple-Gold Game on April 12 ... Turned in one of the top back squats (475 pounds), power cleans (291), push jerks (245), vertical leaps (36"), broad jumps (10'8.5") and pro shuttle times (4.18) among all receivers during the spring strength and conditioning testing period.
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, 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 also goes by Zay ... Born March 30, 1995 at Dallas, Texas ... Major is communications ... Earned ECU Honor Roll (2013 fall semester) and Dean's List (2014 spring semester) status for work in the classroom ... 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.