Zay Jones earns 5 more All-American honors
GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina senior wide receiver Zay Jones has garnered All-America honors from ESPN.com (first-team), SB Nation (first-team), Associated Press (second-team), SI.com (second-team) and Football Writers Association of America (second-team) according to announcements by all five media agencies and organizations Monday.
Last week Jones picked up first-team All-America accolades from College Sports Madness, Pro Football Focus, Sporting News and Walter Camp Football Foundation, which was announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards show in Atlanta, Ga.
A two-year team captain, Jones wrapped up his four-year career as the NCAA FBS career (399) and single-season (158) receptions leader, while setting new ECU and American Athletic Conference single-season standards in catches and receiving yards (1,746).
This season, Jones led the NCAA FBS in four categories: receptions, receiving yards, receptions per game (13.20) and receiving yards per game (145.5). In 12 games he caught a personal-best eight touchdown passes and registered nine double-triples (catches-yards), which included a career-high 22 receptions for 190 yards at South Carolina on Sept. 17. His 22 grabs against the Gamecocks are the most by an NCAA FBS receiver in a game this season and was one shy of an all-time NCAA FBS record. Jones also had a FBS-leading 89 receptions that resulted in a first down, the most in a single-season in the FBS since 2004.
The Austin, Texas native was a finalist for the 2016 Biletnikoff Award (outstanding receiver in college football), William V. Campbell Trophy (best football scholar-athlete presented by Fidelity Investments, National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame) and the Senior CLASS Award (honoring the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition).
A First-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection, Jones has committed to play in the 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala.