JONESBORO, AR (ASU) — After helping lead the Arkansas State football team to back-to-back Sun Belt Conference championships and bowl game appearances the last two years, defensive back Don Jones (Town Creek, Ala.) was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Dolphins spent their final pick of the draft on Jones, who was the 44th player taken in the seventh round and the 250th player chosen overall. While the Red Wolves have seen several former players sign a free agent contract with the Dolphins, Jones becomes just the third to ever be drafted by the franchise. A-State's Leroy Harris was a fifth-round choice by Miami in 1977 and Stan Winfrey was taken by the Dolphins in the second round of the 1975 draft.
Jones will join former teammate and safety Kelcie McCray at Miami, which signed McCray to a free agent contract last year. Former A-State players Fred Barnett (WR), Stacy Gore (P), Kyle Richardson (P) and Cleo Lemon (QB) are all part of the Dolphins' all-time roster as well.
The Red Wolves have now had a player chosen in a school-record seven consecutive NFL Drafts, including Oren O'Neal in 2007, Tyrell Johnson in 2008, tight end David Johnson in 2009, defensive end Alex Carrington in 2010, offensive lineman Derek Newton in 2011 and linebacker Demario Davis in 2012.
Jones became the 46th A-State player to ever be selected in the NFL Draft. Over 100 all-time Arkansas State players have signed pro contracts with an NFL franchise.
Jones recorded 74 tackles (45 solo/29 assists), the third most on the team and the most among defensive backs, last season. He tallied a season-high 12 stops against Western Kentucky, but also posted nine against Louisiana-Monroe and eight versus Nebraska, South Alabama and Kent State. Jones also intercepted one pass against Alcorn State he returned 23 yards, recorded two pass break-ups and finished the year with 5.5 tackles for loss.
Jones originally signed with Red Wolves in 2008 and played running back during his redshirt freshman campaign in 2009. He then transferred to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for one season before returning to A-State to play defensive back his final two seasons.
He completed his final two seasons with the Red Wolves with 128 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions and five pass break-ups. He was a two-time Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week during his junior season and entered the 2012 campaign on the College Football Performance Awards' national Special Teams Player of the Year Watch List.