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Markell A. Jones (born September 26, 1996) is an American football running back for the Purdue Boilermakers. He rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on twelve carries (6.0 yards per carry) in his first college game on September 6, 2015.

Markell Jones
Purdue Boilermakers – No. 8
PositionRunning back
ClassSenior
MajorProfessional Flight Technology
Career history
College
Bowl games
High schoolColumbus (IN) East
Personal information
Born: (1996-09-26) September 26, 1996 (age 22)
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career highlights and awards

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Early yearsEdit

A native of Columbus, Indiana,[1] Jones attended Columbus East High School in that city.[2] As a high school junior in 2013, he rushed for over 2,600 yards and 42 touchdowns while helping Columbus East to a state championship. On June 24 2014, Jones committed to playing football at Purdue University with an announcement on Twitter.[3] Jones stated, "Just because there's no other place, another school that is better for me than Purdue."[3] Jones also announced his plans to enroll at Purdue in January, 2015.[3] As a high school senior in 2014, he rushed for a state record of 3,565 yards and 60 touchdowns and completed two passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns.[2] Jones' record-shattering year concluded with the winning of the Indiana Mr. Football Award.[4]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Markell Jones
RB
Columbus, Indiana Columbus East High School 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 204 lb (93 kg) Jun 24, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 75
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 56 (RB)   Rivals: -- (RB), 15 (IN)  ESPN: 115 (RB), 17 (IN)
  • 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:

  • "Purdue Football Commitment List". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  • "Purdue College Football Recruiting Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 1, 2017.

Purdue UniversityEdit

2015 seasonEdit

Jones' early enrollment helped him earn repetitions with the first and second teams prior to Purdue's season opener.[5] On September 6, 2015, Jones appeared in his first game at Purdue. Jones ran for 72 yards and scored a rushing touchdown.[6] Jones set a true freshman record with 875 rushing yards and 11 total touchdowns at Purdue.[7]

2016 seasonEdit

Prior to the start of the 2016 season, Jones was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list.[8]

StatisticsEdit

Source:[9]

NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Purdue Boilermakers
Season Rushing Receiving
Att Yards Avg Yds/G TD Rec Yards TD
2015 168 875 5.2 72.9 10 34 239 1
2016 153 616 4.0 56.0 4 32 215 0
2017 113 566 5.0 24.0 1 13 54 0
NCAA Career Totals 434 2057 4.6 60.1 15 67 393 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mike Carmin (August 19, 2015). "Purdue RB Markell Jones benefits from early arrival". www.jconline.com. Lafayette Journal & Courier. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Markell Jones". www.purduesports.com. Purdue University. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Mike Carmin (June 25, 2014). "Purdue adds All-State RB to 2015 recruiting class". www.indystar.com. Indianapolis Star. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Kyle Neddenriep (December 12, 2014). "Top Gun: Markell Jones is 2014 IndyStar Mr. Football". www.indystar.com. Indianapolis Star. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  5. ^ Mike Carmin (August 20, 2015). "Purdue running back Markell Jones benefits from early arrival". www.indystar.com. Indianapolis Star. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  6. ^ "Purdue falls in season opener at Marshall, 41-31". www.wlfi.com. Primeland LLC. September 6, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  7. ^ Mike Carmin (December 28, 2015). "Purdue's Markell Jones unsatisfied after rookie season". www.indystar.com. Indianapolis Star. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  8. ^ "Purdue's Jones named to Doak Walker watch list". www.wlfi.com. Primeland LLC. July 14, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  9. ^ "Markell Jones". www.sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 28, 2016.

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