Malachi Jones (gridiron football)

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Malachi Fitzgerald Jones (born March 22, 1994) is a gridiron football wide receiver for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Appalachian State.

Malachi Jones
Montreal Alouettes
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1994-03-22) March 22, 1994 (age 26)
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Central Gwinnett
(Lawrenceville, Georgia)
College:Appalachian State
Undrafted:2016
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:International
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Career Arena statistics
Receptions:173
Receiving yards:2,596
Receiving touchdowns:54
Rushing touchdowns:6
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Early lifeEdit

Jones attended Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com & a three-star by Scout.com. Led Gwinnett County with 82 receptions, 1,059 receiving yards, 14 touchdowns & 12.9 yards per catch in 2011. Received second-team all-state and first-team all-county recognition in 2011. Participated in the 2010 RisingSeniors.com Georgia Junior Bowl. Broke school and county records for receptions (15) & receiving yards (276) in a game & receptions in a season (82). Coached by Todd Wofford.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Malachi Jones
WR
Lawrenceville, Georgia Central Gwinnett High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 4.5 Jan 22, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports: 
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 90 (WR)   Rivals: -- (WR), -- (GA)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Appalachian State Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  • "2012 Appalachian State Football Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  • "2012 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved July 28, 2018.

Jones committed to Appalachian State University on January 22, 2012.[1] Jones chose Appalachian State over football scholarships from Chattanooga, Georgia Southern, Louisiana–Monroe & Presbyterian.

College careerEdit

Jones played four seasons for the Appalachian State Mountaineers of Appalachian State University.

Jones caught 124 passes for 1,711 yards and eight touchdowns in four seasons at Appalachian State. Appeared in all 49 games during his Mountaineer career and made 35 starts at wide receiver.

Earned Freshman All-America recognition from College Sports Journal & named to Southern Conference’s All-Freshman team in 2012.

College statisticsEdit

Source:[2]

NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Appalachian State Mountaineers
Season Receiving
Rec Yards Avg Yds/G TD
2012 32 370 11.6 30.8 2
2013 31 293 9.5 24.4 0
2014 36 585 16.2 48.8 3
2015 25 463 18.5 35.6 3
NCAA Career Totals 124 1,711 13.8 34.9 8

Professional careerEdit

Jones was rated the 83rd best wide receiver in the 2016 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com.[3]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
211 lb
(96 kg)
4.53 s 1.51 s 2.57 s 4.30 s 6.90 s 37 12 in
(0.95 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
14 reps
All values from Pro Day[3]

Atlanta FalconsEdit

Jones signed a free agent deal with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL) following the 2016 NFL Draft, but was waived after rookie mini camp.

High Country GrizzliesEdit

Jones signed with the High Country Grizzlies of the National Arena League (NAL). Jones caught 66 passes for 685 yards and 16 touchdowns in 10 games, and was awarded the 2017 National Arena League Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Atlanta HavocEdit

For 2018, Jones signed with the Atlanta Havoc (now the Carolina Havoc) of the newly formed American Arena League,[4] but departed after one game to join the AFL.[5]

Albany EmpireEdit

Jones was assigned to the Albany Empire of the Arena Football League (AFL) for 2018. In 12 regular season games, Jones had 77 receptions for 1,156 yards and 29 touchdowns along with 5 rushing touchdowns. Jones scored at least once in every game played, and passed the 100 yards receiving mark in a game on four occasions during the regular season. He won the 2018 Arena Football League Rookie of the Year Award and Wide Receiver of the Year, becoming the only rookie in league history to win both awards in the same season. Jones was also recognized with First Team All Arena honors for 2018. For the postseason, Albany played in two playoff games, where Jones surpassed the century mark in each of these, and caught 7 more touchdowns. Jones left his day job in marketing to play in the AFL.[6]

Chicago BearsEdit

On July 26, 2018, Jones signed with the Chicago Bears. He was waived on September 1, 2018.[7]

Atlanta LegendsEdit

In October 2018, Jones signed with the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football (AAF).[8]

Jones finished the 2019 season with 22 receptions for 312 yards and 2 touchdowns through 8 games. This was good enough to be ranked 10th in AAF's receiving yards and tied for 6th in touchdown catches. Jones also had two carries for 16 yards.

Second stint with EmpireEdit

After the AAF suspended football operations, Jones re-signed with the Albany Empire of the AFL on April 10, 2019. For the first game of the year, Jones contributed to the win with 11 catches for 94 yards and a score.[9] After recording back to back games with over 100 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, Jones was suspended so that he could work out with the Tennessee Titans of the NFL.[10] Jones did not miss a game, having been reinstated in time for a 10 catch, 179 yard and 3 touchdown performance in week 4 to keep Albany undefeated. It was not until Jones' streak of 5 games with 100 yards receiving was broken that the Empire had their first loss of the season. In 12 regular season games, Jones had 9 games with at least 100 yards receiving, and continued his streak of scoring at least once in every game of the regular season. He finished with 1,440 yards and 25 touchdown catches; Jones was the only AFL receiver with at least 1,000 yards in 2019, a year which culminated in Jones and the Empire winning ArenaBowl XXXII.

Montreal AlouettesEdit

In October 2019, Jones was selected in the 10th round (74th overall) by the Seattle Dragons in the Skills Portion of the 2020 XFL Draft.[11]

Jones did not sign with the XFL, and instead signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League on December 4, 2019.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

National Arena LeagueEdit

Year Team
Rec Yds TD
2017 High Country 66 685 16
Career 66 685 16

Arena Football LeagueEdit

Year Team GP Receiving Rushing
Rec Yds Avg TD Rush Yds Avg TD
2018 Albany 12 77 1,156 15.0 29 21 40 1.9 5
2019 Albany 12 96 1,440 15.0 25 6 17 2.8 1
Total 24 173 2,596 15.0 54 27 57 2.1 6

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP Receiving Rushing
Rec Yds Avg TD Rush Yds Avg TD
2018 Albany 2 17 283 16.6 7 2 6 3.0 0
2019 Albany 2 8 136 17.0 1 2 -6 -3.0 0
Total 4 25 419 16.8 8 4 0 0 0

Alliance of American FootballEdit

Year Team GP Receiving Rushing
Rec Yds Avg TD Rush Yds Avg TD
2019 ATL 8 22 312 14.2 2 2 16 8.0 0
Total 8 22 312 14.2 2 2 16 8.0 0

Personal lifeEdit

His father, Andre Jones, was a starting defensive end on the 1988 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. He was drafted in the 7th round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also played for the Detroit Lions and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[13]

His older brother, T. J. Jones, a former Notre Dame football player, was drafted by the Detroit Lions during the 2014 NFL Draft. His other younger brother, Jahmai Jones was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as the 70th overall pick in the 2nd round of the 2015 MLB Draft.[14]

Jones’s godfather, Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, finished second in voting for the 1990 Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame and recorded over 5,000 receiving yards in nine NFL seasons.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Malachi Jones". www.rivals.com. Yahoo!. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  2. ^ "Malachi Jones". www.sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Malachi Jones". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  4. ^ https://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/sports/professional/central-gwinnett-s-malachi-jones-signs-with-atlanta-havoc/article_00c27fea-964a-5535-a853-602e84440180.html
  5. ^ https://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/sports/central-wesleyan-s-malachi-jones-football-journey-continues-with-atlanta/article_6e0d3637-598f-5490-aebe-5cce9a11bea8.html
  6. ^ https://appstatesports.com/news/2018/7/27/football-chicago-bears-sign-app-state-alum-malachi-jones.aspx
  7. ^ Mayer, Larry (September 1, 2018). "Bears announce 53-man roster". ChicagoBears.com.
  8. ^ "Wide Receiver Malachi Jones Signs with Atlanta Legends". OurSports Central. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  9. ^ https://dailygazette.com/article/2019/04/27/defense-carries-empire-to-season-opening-win
  10. ^ https://wnyt.com/sports/empires-malachi-jones-works-out-for-titans/5356602/
  11. ^ Bender, Bill (October 21, 2019). "XFL Draft picks 2019: Complete results, rosters, players for new football league". Sporting News. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  12. ^ "ALOUETTES SIGN NEW DEALS WITH THREE PLAYERS INCLUDING CANADIAN MICHAEL SANELLI". MontrealAlouettes.com. December 4, 2019. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  13. ^ Matt Fortuna (September 22, 2011). "Jones brothers live through dad's lessons". www.espn.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  14. ^ Angels select Georgia HS OF Jahmai Jones with 2nd-round pick in draft

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