TROY, AL (WSFA) - Already, Troy freshman cornerback Marcus Jones is leaving his mark on both the Sun Belt Conference and Troy University. Monday, the Enterprise native was named Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, his second honor this season.
Jones earned the honors after returning a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in Troy's most recent game, a 32-25 win Saturday against Arkansas State. The return was Jones' third of the season, a new school record for returns in one season. The 99-yard return also matched Jones for the third most returns nationally. According to the official NCAA website, Jones trails Tony Pollard from Memphis and Marcus Green of Louisiana-Monroe, each of whom have four kick returns for touchdowns. He is tied with Isaiah Harper from Old Dominion.
According to the Athletics Department, Jones ranks fourth nationally, averaging 32.88 yards per kickoff return, which is the best mark in Sun Belt Conference history and second-best in school history.
Jones not only did it on special teams Saturday, but he also returned an interception 100 yards for a score to give the Trojans a 24-13 lead. According to the Athletics Department not did the return set a Troy FBS record, but Jones' return was only the third 100-yard interception returned for a touchdown nationally this season.
Jones previously earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors from the conference following Troy's 42-17 win over Coastal Carolina. In that game, the 5-foot-9 speedster returned not one, but two kickoffs for touchdowns.
Jones helped the Trojans to a 10-2 record this season and will look to make a huge impact in Troy's Dec. 16 bowl game. Troy will play in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl against Conference USA opponent North Texas. That game will kick at noon on ESPN.