Malachi Jones (gridiron football)
|Born:||March 22, 1994|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school:||Central Gwinnett|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Career Arena statistics|
|Player stats at ArenaFan.com|
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.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|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)|
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.
|NCAA Career Totals||124||1,711||13.8||34.9||8|
|Height||Weight||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 2 in
|4.53 s||1.51 s||2.57 s||4.30 s||6.90 s||37 1⁄2 in
|10 ft 5 in
|All values from Pro Day|
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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
National Arena LeagueEdit
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Alliance of American FootballEdit
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).
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.
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- "Malachi Jones". www.sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
- "Malachi Jones". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
- Mayer, Larry (September 1, 2018). "Bears announce 53-man roster". ChicagoBears.com.
- "Wide Receiver Malachi Jones Signs with Atlanta Legends". OurSports Central. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
- Bender, Bill (October 21, 2019). "XFL Draft picks 2019: Complete results, rosters, players for new football league". Sporting News. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
- "ALOUETTES SIGN NEW DEALS WITH THREE PLAYERS INCLUDING CANADIAN MICHAEL SANELLI". MontrealAlouettes.com. December 4, 2019. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
- Matt Fortuna (September 22, 2011). "Jones brothers live through dad's lessons". www.espn.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
- Angels select Georgia HS OF Jahmai Jones with 2nd-round pick in draft