|44 Chris Jones
Veteran defender who moved to the strong safety as a senior.
Credited with four tackles (including one for a loss of a yard) and broke up a pass in his final game at Rice Stadium... Made the stop on 4th down on the Blazers' final possession to ice the Owls' 28-23 win... Set up the Owls' first touchdown vs. SMU, forcing a fumble on a punt return which was recovered in the end zone... Credited with four tackles in the opener against Texas at Reliant Stadium.
Recovered a pair of fumbles, broke up a pass and was
credited with four tackles vs. UTEP... Second fumble
recovery came on kickoff coverage in the fourth quarter to
set up the Owls' winning score... Credited with six tackles vs.
UCF, including his third TFL this season (career-high)... Reached
double-figures in tackles for the first time in his career,
finishing with 10 against Vanderbilt... Also credited with a
career-best 1.5 tackles for loss... Credited with five tackles and
a pass break up in the opener at UAB.
Moved into the starting lineup for the final seven games and
finished fourth on the team with 59 tackles ... tied for second on the team with a pair of forced fumbles ... Tied for second on the team with 11 special teams tackles (including a team-best six on punt coverage) ... moved into the starting lineup at the KAT position vs. Southern Miss (4 games) and then moved over to strong safety for the final three games ... matched his career-high with eight tackles vs. Tulsa ... credited with six stops, forced and recovered a fumble and broke up a pass in his first start (Southern Miss) ... returned a blocked field goal 55 yards for a touchdown at Tulane for the defense's fifth touchdown of the season ... also forced a fumble against the Green Wave ... broke up a pair of passes vs. Houston and tied for second on the team with five breakups for the season ... intercepted the first pass of his career vs. Western Michigan in the Texas Bowl.
Ranked third on the team among freshmen with 38 tackles ... credited with seven tackles, his first career sack, a forced fumble and a pass break up in his first career start vs. Baylor ... stepped into a playing role after Bencil Smith was injured early in the Nicholls game and responded with eight tackles to match fellow freshman Scott Solomon for the team lead in the game ... second on the team with nine special teams tackles, including eight on kick off coverage.
Bowie High School
2007 graduate of James Bowie High School in Arlington, west of Dallas ... All-District 8-5A as a senior for coach Kenny Perry as the Volunteers reached the playoffs for the first time in school history ... named to the Dallas Morning News Top 100 and to Dave Campbell's Texas Football's Top 300... racked up 108 tackles, recovered three fumbles, forced two others and intercepted two passes as a senior ... also a standout hurdler on the track team, winning district titles as a junior and senior ... academic all-district selection ... also visited Baylor, Arkansas and Texas Tech before selecting Rice.
Full Name: Christopher Jones ... Born: March 3, 1989 at Dallas ... Mother: Sonia McGrensey (one brother, one sister) ... Rice major: Visual and Dramatic Arts ... Martel College.