JONES’ RECEIVING CAREER BESTS:
Receptions – 5 (at Virginia Tech, 2001)
Yards – 81 (vs. McNeese State, 2000)
TD – 1 (5 times)
Long- 60 (vs. Arkansas State, 1997)
2001 (Senior): The leader of Miami’s excellent corps of receivers … Completed his fifth and final season as a Miami Hurricane in the Rose Bowl win over Nebraska … Provided guidance and experience to UM’s youthful group of receivers … Despite missing five games with a pair of leg injuries, Jones finished fifth on the team in receptions with 19…had 240 receiving yards while averaging 12.6 yards per catch … Returned four punts for 20 yards, all in the season opener against Penn State…had one catch for 15 yards in the 33-7 win over the Nittany Lions … Suffered a knee injury on a punt return against Penn State that caused him to miss the game against Rutgers … Returned to action against Pittsburgh, catching three passes for 24 yards … Had four catches for 58 yards against Troy State … Had two catches for 52 yards in the win at Florida State, including a key 34-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter … Suffered a high ankle sprain against FSU while blocking on Willis McGahee’s 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter … Injury caused him to miss the next four games…returned to play against Washington, catching four passes for 62 yards … Had a season-best five catches for 29 yards in the season finale victory at Virginia Tech … Most accomplished track/football athlete in UM history … Has excellent speed and big play ability.
2000 (Redshirt Junior): Earned first-team All-BIG EAST honors as a kickoff return specialist after leading the conference with a 27.0 average (13 returns for 351 yards) … Led the Hurricanes in punt returns average with a 24.1 mark as he covered 169 yards on just seven punt returns … Returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown in the 52-6 rout of Boston College, spinning out of a tackle on his own 13 and outrunning everyone for the score … Caught 12 passes for 181 yards (15.1 avg.) and a touchdown … Was fifth on the team in receptions … His best game was the season opener vs. McNeese State when Jones had four catches for 81 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown reception … Started at flanker in the 2001 Nokia Sugar Bowl win over Florida, catching two passes for 26 yards … Averaged 25 yards on three kickoff returns against the Gators, including a 37-yarder … Set up a clinching touchdown against Florida by UM with a scintillating 44-yard punt return in the third period … Came back from a redshirt season to become one of the team’s most effective and versatile performers in 2000.
1999 (Junior): Exercised redshirt year option.
1998 (Sophomore): Appeared in every game despite a nagging knee injury … Hauled in 12 passes for 146 yards … Averaged 12.2 yards per catch … Scored the game-winning touchdown in 34-31 win at West Virginia … Reeled in a 3-yard scoring strike from Scott Covington with 1:37 left in the game on third-and-goal … Came back a week later to record a career-best five receptions against Boston College … Scored on a 10-yard TD pass vs. the Eagles … Had a season-long 56-yard grab at Rutgers … Also returned three kickoffs for 44 yards.
1997 (Freshman): Appeared in every game and started eight contests … Fourth leading receiver on the team with 16 receptions for 252 yards and two touchdowns … Finished tied for eighth on the UM freshman single-season receptions chart … Recorded first career touchdown catch on game-winning 21-yard grab on third-and-18 in second overtime at Boston College … Led team with 55 receiving yards at Florida State … Caught at least one pass in each of the final 10 games … Pulled down 60-yard touchdown bomb from Ryan Clement to cap off a 97-yard drive vs. Arkansas State.
High School: SuperPrep first-team All-American … Dallas Morning News All-American selection … Totaled 23 receptions for 486 yards and five touchdowns in just eight games his senior year … Finished his career as the second-leading all-time receiver at Carter … Caught 23 passes for 832 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior … Also tallied 15 carries for 427 yards and two touchdowns during junior campaign … Earned three letters in track and competed in the National Junior Olympics … Coached by Bruce Chambers.
Personal: Born 2/2/79 … Currently enrolled in graduate school at UM pursuing a master’s degree in sports administration … Graduated with a degree in sports management in May 2001 … Full name is Daryl Lawrence Jones … Attended same high school as former UM great and current New York Giant linebacker Jessie Armstead … Chose Miami over Texas, Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas A&M … Son of Ronald and Peggy Jones.
JONES’ CAREER STATISTICS