Craig Jones
Craig  Jones

Sinton, TX

High School:
Sinton HS

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 211

Defensive Back

The two-time all-conference honoree will start at safety. Jones is the only defensive back in the Sun Belt Conference that earned first team all-conference honors in 2002 and returns in 2003... He was also awarded the Shawn Kramer Award for Most Inspirational Player by the Mean Green coaching staff... He is the only player on the current North Texas roster to record over 70 tackles in each of the past three seasons and has more career tackles (245) than any current player.

Played in all 13 games, starting 12... Missed a start against Arkansas State, but played in the second half... Earned first team all-conference honors at safety after finishing third on the team with 90 tackles... His 90 stops also ranked third among all Sun Belt Conference defensive backs... Led the team with three forced fumbles... Registered a career-high 14 tackles, including two for a loss, against New Mexico State... Led the team in tackles with 11, including 10 solo stops in the victory over Cincinnati in the New Orleans Bowl... Also ended up in double figures in tackles against Alabama with 12 ... Credited with four pass break-ups... Helped the Mean Green rank No. 18 nationally against the pass, allowing just three opponents to pass for more than 200 yards during the entire season.

Started all 12 games, recording 82 tackles, which ranked him third on the team and eight overall in the Sun Belt Conference... Had the second most tackles in the conference for a defensive back... Four times he recorded at least 10 tackles, including a season-high 11 tackles against TCU and New Mexico State... He forced a fumble against New Mexico State in the final two minutes to set the game-winning touchdown for North Texas.... Jones was one of only two Mean Green defenders to record at least ten tackles on four different occasions....He led the team in tackles three times, against Middle Tennessee, New Mexico State and Idaho... He has now started 16 consecutive games for North Texas dating back to his freshman campaign. ....Jones notched his first career interception against Louisiana Lafayette and he picked up his second against Troy State.

Started all 11 games at safety as a red-shirt freshman. He finished third on the team in tackles with 73. Those 73 tackles were the most by a freshman since Sean Mayes had 78 tackles as a freshman defensive back in 1990. He started off his career with a bang, making 10 tackles, including eight solo against Baylor in his first college game. He backed that up with 11 in the next game against Texas Tech. He had a career high 13 tackles, including 10 solo against nationally ranked Kansas State. He had eight tackle against both UNLV and New Mexico State. He had one quarterback pressure and recovered one fumble (against Boise State).

High School/Personal
Jones was the MVP of district 30-3A for Coach Brent Davis at Sinton High School. He was a first team all-district pick on both offense and defense and a first team all-Bay Area pick. He rushed for 1,117 yards and had four interceptions to help the Pirates turnaround from a 2-8 team his junior year to a 10-2, bi-district title team last season. Craig is the son of Willie and Barbara Jones and was born October 18, 1980 in Victoria, Texas. He is majoring in Education.

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