Jones named to Watch List

Published 7:00 pm Thursday, July 26, 2018

After a stellar freshman campaign, Troy All-American kick returner and cornerback Marcus Jones has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List.

Jones is one of just 43 players from across the country to be named to the preseason watch list. The award is presented annually to the nation’s most versatile player.

Following his record-breaking performance as a freshman, Jones racked up postseason award after postseason award. Jones racked up a total of five end-of-the-year awards including Phil Steele All-American Third Team, FWAA Freshman All-America, ESPN Freshman All-America, All-Sun Belt Second Team and 2017 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year.

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His 2017 season was highlighted during a win against Coastal Carolina when he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, which tied an NCAA record.

Jones set Troy’s single-season record and tied the Troy career record with three kickoff returns for touchdowns as a true freshman.

In Troy’s conference championship clinching win over Arkansas State, Jones returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score and also returned an interception 100 yards. In Troy’s upset win over LSU, Jones had an interception and led the team with eight tackles. He finished the season with 49 tackles, good enough for fifth best on the team.

Jones was the fourth Trojan to be named to a watch list this summer. Blace Brown was named to both the Jim Thorpe and Bronko Nagurski Watch Lists, while Deonta Crumitie was named on both the Rimingtom Trophy and Outland Trophy Watch Lists. Hunter Reese was also named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. Damion Willis became the fifth when he was named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List on Thursday.