80  Maurice Jones
Maurice Jones

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Memphis, Tenn.

High School:
White Station HS

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 215

Position:
Wide Receiver

Birthdate:
09/28/1986

Experience:
3L


Career Highlights:Lettered four seasons, logging action in 44 career games as a receiver...Ranked 11th all-time in Memphis history in receiving yards (1,356) and 14th in career receptions (95)...Had a 17-game receiving streak snapped in `08 St. Petersburg Bowl, which he left early with an injury...Posted nine career catches of more than 40 yds...Saw action in all 12 games as a true freshman in `05...One of just three receivers to total multiple TD grabs in `05...Ended year as third-leading receiver, hauling in 15 passes for 157 yds and two TDs...Caught a pass in 8-straight games early in season...Caught first career TD pass on 27-yd throw from Will Hudgens in the UTC contest...Sprained shoulder at practice prior to Motor City Bowl, but was cleared for the game...Played in 7 of 12 games as a sophomore...Caught a pass in each of the first three games of season...Ended `06 with 10 receptions for 70 yds...Played in all 13 games in `07, starting against UCF and Arkansas St....Ranked 3rd on squad with 639 receiving yds and 4th in receptions with 37...Led Tigers in yards per reception with an average of 17.3 yards...One of six Tigers to record multiple TD receptions...Caught at least one pass in all but one game (MTSU) and ended season with a 7-game receiving streak...Logged multiple receptions in 10 games...Tallied 11 receptions of 20 or more yards and six of more than 40 yds...Hauled in four receptions for first career game over century mark with 117 yds in win over Tulane...Had pair of 42-yd receptions against Green Wave...Separated shoulder following 19-yd catch early in 1st quarter versus SMU...Aggressively rehabbed his injury and returned to the field for New Orleans Bowl...Logged a 5-yd reception in the 2nd quarter, dislocating hip on the play...Ended season with three carries for eight yards and also completed 2-of-5 pass attempts for 42 yds.

2008 Highlights:Played in 12 of 13 games with five starts...Had four starts at WR against Rice, USM, UCF and Tulane and opened SMU game in the QB slot...Did not play against Nicholls St. because of shoulder injury...Ranked 23rd in C-USA in receiving yards/game (40.83)...Ranked 4th on team in receptions (33), 2nd in receiving yards (490) and was tied for 3rd in receiving TDs(3)...Caught three passes for 61 yds against Ole Miss, including 43-yd TD reception from Will Hudgens to begin the 4th...Against Rice, had second career 100-yd receiving game with 173 yds on nine receptions and two TDs (all three were career highs)...The 173 yds in game ranks 3rd in UM history...Caught a 45-yd TD in 1st quarter and a 39 yarder in 4th...Had five receptions over 10 yds and three 39 yds or longer...Totaled three receptions for 24 yds against Louisville, but also threw a 1-yd TD pass to Arkelon Hall in the 2nd quarter...The completion was the third of his career in six attempts...Started in QB slot at SMU and handed ball off to Curtis Steele on first snap for a gain of 35 yds in a TD drive...Caught a 20-yd reception on 3rd down and also had a 5-yd rush for a 1st down in a scoring drive in the 3rd...Rushed three times for a career-high 22 yds against UCF...All three carries were off direct snaps...Logged 70 all-purpose yards versus Tulane, and also posted his first career rushing TD...Totaled a team high 49 receiving yards on four receptions...Had two rushes for 21 yds with a career-long 13 yds...Scored the first TD of the game on a 13-yd run in the 1st quarter...Left St. Petersburg Bowl following shoulder injury on Memphis' kickoff to start game.

Honors: Named to `05 C-USA All-Freshman Team...Was an honorable mention All-C-USA receiver in `07...Selected as a 2008 All-C-USA Honorable Mention pick...Received one of the Role Player Award at team banquet.

2007: Was an honorable mention All-Conference USA receiver in 2007...Played in all 13 games, starting against UCF and Arkansas State...Ranked third on the squad with 639 receiving yards and was fourth in receptions with 37...Led the Tigers in yards per reception with an average of 17.3 yards...One of six Tigers to record multiple touchdown receptions...Caught at least one pass in all but one game (MTSU) and ended the season with a seven-game receiving streak...Logged multiple receptions in 10 games...Tallied 11 receptions of 20 or more yards and six of more than 40 yards...Opened the season against Ole Miss with five catches for 42 yards, both of which were career highs at the time...Three of his receptions versus the Rebels were for first-down yardage...Upped his career high again with 88 yards receiving against Jacksonville State...Caught a career-long 58-yard touchdown pass from Martin Hankins in the second quarter...Attempted his first career pass in the third quarter to Carlos Singleton...Started his first career game against UCF and led the team with 50 yards receiving on three catches...Led the squad with three receptions for 71 yards in a start against Arkansas State...Hauled in a 56-yard pass from Hankins in the first quarter...Also completed a 19-yard pass to Matt Malouf in the second quarter...Tied his season high with five receptions against Marshall...Snapped his receiving streak against MTSU but did register his second pass completion of the season on a 23-yard toss to Will Hudgens...Logged a five-yard run in the first quarter on 2nd-and-8 from the MTSU 24-yard line to set up the Tiger touchdown on the next play...Scored his second touchdown of the season on a 45-yard reception against Rice in the fourth quarter that gave Memphis a 10-point lead with just over five minutes remaining in the game...Hauled in four receptions for his first career game over the century mark with 117 yards in a win over Tulane...Had a pair of 42-yard receptions against the Green Wave...All four of his receptions against Tulane were for Tiger first downs...Had two receptions for 37 yards against East Carolina...Also returned three kickoffs against the Pirates with a long of 18 yards...Registered his third game of five receptions versus Southern Miss...Was on the receiving end of a two-point conversion that made it a three-point game with a minute left to play in Memphis' win over USM in Hattiesburg...Separated his shoulder following a 19-yard catch early in the first quarter versus SMU...Aggressively rehabbed his injury and returned to the field for the New Orleans Bowl...Logged a five-yard reception in the second quarter and took a hard hit on the play that required attention from the athletic training staff...Dislocated his hip on the play and was transported to a local hospital for observation...Ended the season with three carries for eight yards and also completed two of his five pass attempts for 42 yards.

2006: Played in seven of the 12 games as a sophomore...Caught a pass in each of the first three games of the season...Opened the season with three receptions for 17 yards against Ole Miss...Registered his first catch of the season a six-yard pass from Martin Hankins in the first quarter...Caught back-to-back passes of seven yards and four yards from Hankins in the third quarter...Had one 12-yard reception against Chattanooga...Totaled two catches of seven yards and eight yards versus East Carolina...Held without a reception by Tennessee but tallied a 14-yard catch the next game against UAB...Did not play the following four games...Equaled his season high with three catches against UCF for a total of 12 yards...Was held out of the Houston contest...Did not have a catch in the season finale against UTEP...Ended the year with 10 receptions for 70 yards.

2005: True freshman who saw action in all 12 games in 2005...Named to the 2005 C-USA All-Freshman Team...Added depth to a receiving corps that suffered several losses to personnel during the season...Was one of just three Tiger receivers to total multiple touchdown grabs last season...Ended the year as Memphis' third-leading receiver, hauling in 15 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns...Caught a pass in eight-straight games early in the season...Saw his first collegiate action in the season opener against Ole Miss...Caught his first career touchdown pass on a 27-yard throw from Will Hudgens in the Chattanooga contest...Had two pass receptions for a total of 26 yards in the Tigers' one-sided win...Had two pass receptions for 26 yards in the Tulsa game...Totaled one catch for six yards in the upset win over UTEP...Was the squad's second-leading receiver with four pass receptions for 29 yards in the loss to UCF... Caught one pass for 12 yards in the Houston win...Grabbed a six-yard pass in the win over East Carolina...Had three receptions for a career-high 35 yards and one touchdown in the UAB contest...Had one pass reception for 14 yards in the Tennessee contest...Held without a pass reception for the first time in eight games by Southern Miss...Sprained his shoulder at practice prior to the Motor City Bowl, but was cleared for the post-season contest...Had a consistent spring, but suffered a knee injury in the 2006 Blue-Gray Game...Sprained his PCL and MCL and spent the summer rehabbing his injury.

Prep: Lettered at wide receiver during the 2003 season for White Station High under Coach Major Wright...Caught 41 passes for 851 yards during the regular season and added 12 receptions for 191 yards in the state playoff games...Finished the 2003 season with 53 receptions for 1,042 yards and 14 touchdowns...Had five pass receptions for 69 yards in the Bolton game in 2003...Caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in the Spartans' win over Hamilton in 2003...Had four punt returns for 83 yards in 2003...Ranked fifth in Shelby-Metro in receiving in 2002 with 42 catches for 668 yards and nine touchdowns...Averaged 15.9 yards per catch in 2002...Was ranked third in Shelby-Metro in receptions per game with an average of 4.2...Tied for first in Region 8-5A in touchdown catches in 2002 with nine...Also tied for first in Region 8-5A in total catches with 42...Was 38th in Shelby-Metro in scoring with 54 points...Was named to the All-Region 8-5A team as a junior...Was third in the region in average receiving yards per game at 66.8 and ranked fifth in scoring and 10th in all-purpose yards per game...As a junior and senior, had 101 receptions for 1,710 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Personal: Maurice Delander Jones Jr., is the son of Maurice and Chandra Jones...Born September 28, 1986, in Nashville, Tenn.

Jones' Career Highs Most Pass Receptions: 5, three times, last vs. Southern Miss (`07) Most Yards Receiving: 117 vs. Tulane (`07) Longest Pass Reception: 58 vs. Jacksonville State (`07) Most Touchdown Receptions: 1, four times, last vs. Rice (`07) Longest Rush: 5 vs. Middle Tennessee (`07) Most Kick Returns: 3 vs. East Carolina (`07) Longest Kick Return: 18 vs. East Carolina (`07)

Jones' Career Receiving Statistics
YRG/SNOYDSAVGTDLG
200512/01515710.5227
20067/010707.0014
200713/23763917.3258
200812/53349014.8353
Total 44/7951,35614.3758
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