Aaron Jones: A New Journey
UTEP’s all-time leading rusher was finally recognized for his amazing abilities. UTEP Junior running back Aaron Jones was drafted last week by the Green Bay packers. Jones was 39th in the 5th round and the 182nd pick overall. Jones is the first Miner to be drafted since 2008. Jones was a Burges High School graduate and not only inspires UTEP but the entire city of El Paso. At Green Bay Aaron will have an opportunity to compete for the backup running back position behind Ty Montgomery heading into training camp. A great opportunity for a great kid in which we all have confidence he will take advantage of his chance.
2016 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB – Aaron Jones, Jr., UTEP,…Jones set multiple school records during his prolific junior season. The El Paso native rushed for a single-season school-record 1,773 yards, while climbing his way to the top of the program’s career-rushing list with 4,114 yards, breaking John Harvey’s 28-year old record. Jones averaged 7.7 yards on 229 carries and scored 17 rushing touchdowns (third most in program history). Jones added three more receiving scores, while tallying 2,006 all-purpose yards (fourth best single-season performance in school history). Jones capped the 2016 campaign with a career-high 301 yards and a career-best four rushing touchdowns against North Texas. Jones’s 301-yard effort is the second most yards rushed in a single contest in UTEP history. Jones is currently ranked third in the nation with his 147.8 rushing yards per contest.