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Has displayed one of the more significant off-season progressions in the Pirate program, adding 20-plus pounds in a dedicated strength and conditioning regimen ... Maintains a steady two-deep position as the offensive unit's top tight end and inside receiver in various scheme packages ... Added physical development could result in strong honors candidacy at the conference level, and because of size, could be ECU's most viable hopeful in the 2014 NFL Draft ... A 2013 Second-Team Preseason All-Conference USA selection by Phil Steele's College Football Preview Magazine ... Successfully bounced back from an injury-plagued sophomore campaign with career-best pass-catching numbers as a junior ... Labeled as a difference maker because of visible size, vertical ability and pass catching ability as a prototype third-down, redzone or possession-type receiver ... Provides quarterbacks with a big, but soft-handed target in the middle of the field or endzone for fade routes, or if necessary, last play "Hail Mary's" as evidenced by a national headline-producing game-winning grab vs. Tulsa in the 2010 opener, which also served as his collegiate debut ... Began spring scrimmage season with one catch for 10 yards on April 6 ... Had a pair of receptions (29 yards) a week later during the second tilt and hauled in five throws for 47 yards in the Purple-Gold Game (April 20) ... Earned "excellent" designation during the off-season strength and conditioning testing period ... Set a new position record with a 340-pound power clean lift ... Other numbers of note were in the bench press (400 pounds), back squat (465), push jerk (300), vertical jump (37.5") and broad jump (115.5") ... Despite size, is an agile athlete as evidenced by efforts in the pro shuttle (4.17) and the three-cone drill (6.96) ... Has played in 32 career games with nine starts at the inside receiver and tight end positions ... Booked multiple catches in 13 of 32 contests.
2012: Played in all 13 games and made five starts (UCF, UAB, Tulane, Marshall and UL-Lafayette) ... Hauled down 25 catches for 346 yards (fourth) - an average of 13.8 yards per reception ... Scored all three TDs against Memphis (39, 14, 4), matching a career-best performance (2011 vs. Marshall) ... Also established personal-bests in receptions (5) and yards (80) vs. the Tigers ... Sixteen of 25 receptions resulted in ECU first downs, which ranked third among all receivers ... Had 15 catches result in a gain of 10 yards or more ... Caught at least one pass in 11 of 13 contests and had multiple-catch outings on seven occasions ... Grabbed four passes for 20 or more yards, with a career-long of 39 against Memphis that resulted in a TD ... Caught a 32-yard pass from Rio Johnson in the fourth quarter against Appalachian State ... Added a 20-yarder in the third quarter at South Carolina and hauled down a 36-yard throw in the second quarter vs. Navy ... Closed season with at least one reception in eight-straight contests (16 catches for 209 yards and three scores) ... Wrapped up junior season with a five-yard reception vs. UL-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
2011: Career development was hindered by knee and wrist injuries that allowed participation in just six games ... Ended shortened campaign with six catches for 41 yards and four touchdowns ... 66.7 percent of season's receptions went for touchdowns ... Averaged 6.8 yards per grab ... Suffered a left knee injury during ECU's Aug. 20 fall camp scrimmage that kept him out until the North Carolina game Oct. 1 ... Played against the Tar Heels and at Houston before being held out of the Memphis, Navy and Tulane contests due to a right wrist injury ... Returned against Southern Miss and UTEP, but was limited to mainly blocking roles due to cast on right hand ... Finally able to participate fully versus UCF and Marshall in year's final two tilts ... Caught a career-high three touchdown passes, two three-yard grabs in the first quarter and one six-yard reception in the fourth, against the Thundering Herd ... Became the first Pirate with three TD catches in a game since Bobby Good against Army on Oct. 20, 2004 - a span of 94 games at the time ... Also became the first ECU player with two touchdown grabs in a quarter since 2010 (Lance Lewis vs. SMU) ... Final score knotted the game at 27 with 14 seconds remaining ... In addition to three touchdowns, hauled in a seven-yard gain at Marshall in the second quarter that went for a first down ... Caught initial touchdown pass of the year in the opening quarter against UCF, grabbing a nine-yard strike from Dominique Davis ... Hauled in first catch of the season at Houston, making a 13-yard grab in the third quarter.
2010: Made initial appearance on the active roster and earned first letter after participating in all 13 games while making four starts (North Carolina, N.C. State, UCF, Navy) ... Proved to be a reliable middle-of-the-field target, ending the campaign with 21 receptions for 211 yards (10.0 ypc) and five touchdowns ... Settled in during second half of the season, catching 14 passes for 133 yards in final six games after making seven grabs for 78 yards in first seven games of the year ... Scored a TD in three (UCF, Rice, Maryland) of the final six contests and ranked third on the squad with five scoring receptions ... Averaged 4.9 yards receiving per game in non-conference tilts, but 16.5 in Conference USA action ... Evenly distributed touchdown grabs, scoring twice at home, twice on the road and once at a neutral site ... Hauled in eight passes on first down, six on second down, five on third down and two on fourth down ... Targeted most often on first down (15) ... Most effective in third-and-long situations, totaling four receptions for three first downs ... Tallied multiple-catch performances five times while making one grab against Virginia Tech (11 yards), Southern Miss (nine yards), N.C. State (three yards) and Navy (five yards) ... Recorded three receptions of 20 yards or more (33/Tulsa, 23/UAB, 22/Maryland) ... Made one of the most memorable receptions in recent Pirate history, hauling in first career touchdown on a 33-yard "Hail Mary" from Davis in the right corner of the endzone as time expired to defeat Tulsa 51-49 in the season opener ... Finished the year with a bang, tying career high with four catches for a personal-best 60 yards and a touchdown against Maryland in the Military Bowl ... Three-of-four receptions against the Terrapins resulted in a first down or touchdown ... All three grabs at UAB resulted in first downs, including key 23-yard catch on third-and-two play in the opening drive of the fourth quarter ... Tied personal best with four receptions, all in the fourth quarter, at UCF ... Kept third-quarter drive alive at Southern Miss with a nine-yard reception on a third-and-two play ... Made first career start at North Carolina.
2009: Redshirted during initial season in ECU program ... Officially signed with the Pirates in February.
High School: A three-year football letterman who played on both sides of the ball during his prep career at Heritage High School ... Anchored a Patriots defense for coach Chad Frazier in 2008 with 71 tackles, which included 22 for lost yardage ... Also netted 10.5 sacks, forced five fumbles and recovered four - returning one for a touchdown ... Selected as program's team captain during senior campaign ... As a tight end, had 11 receptions for 115 yards and five touchdowns ... A defensive all-state selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Associated Press, and an all-county choice by the Rockdale Citizen ... Member of the AJC's Top 150 and Super Southern 100 ... Chosen to the Nike/Rivals and Atlanta All-Nike Combine Teams in 2008, while earning selection to the Under Armour All-Combine squad in 2009 ... Lists game-winning TD catch against Cedar Shoals in 2007 as most memorable football moment to date ... Also picked up three basketball letters as a center and team captain, averaging 10.2 points, 13.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots per contest as a junior in 2007-08.
Personal: Full name is Justin William-Bryant Jones ... Born September 25, 1991 at Zion, Illinois ... Son of Dee Jones ... A criminal justice major ... Hobbies include video games and basketball ... Lists current Tennessee Titans' running back Chris Johnson and tight end Davon Drew as favorite all-time Pirate players ... Did not play competitive football until the ninth grade ... Cites Larry Fitzgerald as favorite NFL player ... Credits mother and prep coach as most influential on career.