General: NU's starting tight end in 2004 ... A good possession receiver ... Did not elect to play fifth season.
2004: Starting tight end ... Caught his first pass in two years -- an 8-yarder vs. TCU ... Had an 8-yard catch vs. KU ... His biggest career catch came in the first OT vs. Indiana: a 2-yard TD reception ... One catch for six yards vs. Purdue ... One reception for 15 yards at Penn State ... Caught a career-long 30-yard pass at Michigan ... Six-yard catch at Hawaii.
2003: Saw limited action ... Named team's Scout Team Player of the Game for the Wisconsin contest.
2002: Appeared in five games, mostly on special teams or at reserve tight end ... Totaled one reception for seven yards -- his first college catch -- at Navy.
2001: Did not see action.
High School: Named all-conference at three different positions his senior season: tight end, linebacker and place-kicker ... Also named all-conference as a junior ... All-Northland as a senior ... Recorded 94 tackles (52 solo), 11.5 sacks, recovered two fumbles and forced two others, and broke up eight passes as a senior ... Also caught 31 balls for 471 receiving yards and six touchdowns as a senior ... Team captain senior year ... Lettered six times as a prep (2 - -football, 3 -- basketball, 1 -- baseball) ... Fox 41 Athlete of the Week ... Tim Painter Most Inspirational Player Award ... Honor roll all four years ... Student Council ... Class treasurer ... High school coach was Roger Bell.
Personal: Born Taylor Michael Jones on 4/22/83 ... Son of Larry and Nancy Jones ... Chose NU over Missouri and Kansas ... Communication studies major.
The Jones File
Q: If you could choose the title of your autobiography, what would it be?
A: The Book
Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
A: My grandfather has always told me that adversity introduces a man to himself
Q: If you had to choose the best television show ever made, which one would you pick?
A: Obviously the Sopranos...is that even a fair question?
Q: My favorite pregame ritual is...
A: Rubber ducky baseball. Our league suffered when our MVP retired. We will be holding a draft to find the new up-and-coming talent for the future.
Q: My favorite opposing stadium to play in is...
A: It doesn't matter; they are all the same once the game begins
Q: The best book I have ever read is...
A: "My Losing Season" by Pat Conroy
Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be...
A: Brett Basanez taking a knee to seal the victory in the 2005 Rose Bowl
Q: My favorite place to visit is...
A: Cancun, Mexico
Q: My favorite food is...
A: Double chicken bowl from Chipotle
Q: When I played fooball as a kid, I pretended to be...
A: Jack Glowik...isn't that every childs dream?
Q: In five words or less describe Coach Walker...
A: Intense and passionate
Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester?
A: Demetrius Eaton...he is always making someone laugh.
Q: If you could have the starring role in a movie already made, what movie would it be?
A: Maximus in The Gladiator
Q: If I could coach any professional sports team, I would coach...
A: The Kansas City Chiefs, because someone needs to get them to the Super Bowl.
Q: What are you most thankful for in life?
A: My grandfather. He has been the man I want to be.
Jones' Career Statistics
RECEIVING G Rec Yds TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G
2002 5 1 7 0 7 0.2 7.0 1.4
2003 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 12 7 75 1 30 0.6 10.7 6.2
TOTALS 30 8 82 1 30 0.3 10.2 2.7
SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G
2002 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
2003 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
2004 12 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 0.5
TOTALS 30 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 0.2