Houston defensive back Marcus Jones poses for a headshot during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine on Friday, Mar. 4, 2022 in Indianapolis. (Aaron Doster via AP)

Marcus Jones

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Experience: R

Height: 5-8

Age: 23

Weight: 175 lbs

College: Houston

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Biography

CAREER TRANSACTIONS

Marcus Jones was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round (85th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft.

AWARDS:

  • 2021 Paul Hornung Award Winner
  • 2021 ESPN First‐Team All‐America (kick return)
  • 2021 CBS Sports First‐Team All‐America (all purpose)
  • 2021 CBS Sports Second‐Team All‐America (cornerback)
  • 2021 CBS Sports Second‐Team All‐America (punt return)
  • 2021 FWAA All‐America First Team (returner specialist)
  • 2021 Sporting News All‐America First Team (returner)
  • 2021 The Athletic First‐Team All‐America (all purpose)
  • 2021 AP First‐Team All‐America (defensive back)
  • 2021 Senior Bowl All‐America (defensive back)
  • 2021 Senior Bowl All‐America (kick return)
  • 2021 Walter Camp Second‐Team All‐America Defense (kick return)
  • 2021 The American Conference Special Teams Player of the Year
  • 2021 The American First Team All‐Conference (return specialist)
  • 2021 The American Second Team All‐Conference (cornerback)
  • 2021 Dave Campbell All‐State First Team (cornerback)
  • 2021 Dave Campbell All‐State First Team (returner)
  • 2021 Dave Campbell's Top Special Teams Player
  • 2020 Phil Steele All‐America First Team (Punt Returner)
  • 2020 FWAA All‐America First Team (Punt Returner)
  • 2020 CBS/247Sports All‐America First Team (Punt Returner)
  • 2020 PFF All‐America Fourth Team (Cornerback)
  • 2020 American Athletic All‐Conference First Team (Return Specialist)
  • American Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 16, 2020)
  • 2017 Phil Steele All‐America Third Team (Kickoff Returner)
  • 2017 FWAA Freshman All‐America (Kickoff Returner)
  • 2017 ESPN Freshman All‐America (Kickoff Returner)
  • 2017 All‐Sun Belt Second Team (Return Specialist & All‐Purpose)
  • 2017 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year

SEASONAL REVIEWS

Senior Year (2021):

  • Ninth Cougar to be named consensus All‐American
  • 2021 Paul Hornung Award winner as the nation's most versatile player
  • First‐Team All‐American Athletic Conference as a return specialist and second‐team as a cornerback
  • Led all of the NCAA with two punt return touchdowns
  • Tied for third in the nation with two kick return touchdowns
  • With five interceptions led the American Athletic Conference and finished third in the nation
  • Recorded a 73‐yard punt return touchdown and the only receiving touchdown of his career against Navy (Sept. 25)
  • Recorded a 98‐yard kickoff return touchdown against East Carolina (Oct. 23)
  • Recorded an interception and with just 17 seconds remaining returned an SMU kickoff 100 yards for a game‐winning touchdown to upset then ranked number 17 SMU (Oct. 30).

Junior Year (2020):

  • Earned first‐team All‐America honors from the FWAA, Phil Steele Magazine and CBS/247Sports as a punt returner
  • Also was a fourth‐team All‐American by Pro Football Focus as a cornerback
  • Named to The American's All‐Conference First Team as a return specialist
  • Led the FBS and The American in punt return average (19.8) on 17 returns for 337 yards and one touchdown
  • Also led the FBS in punt return yards (337)
  • Ranked fourth in Houston single‐season history in punt return yards and punt return average
  • Was the only player in the FBS to have two games with at least 100 punt return yards
  • Made seven starts at cornerback, finishing with 24 tackles (18 solo), 2.0 tackles for loss, one interception and five pass breakups
  • Recorded five kickoff returns for 102 yards (20.4 average)
  • Made immediate impact in season‐opening win over Tulane (Oct. 8), with seven punt returns for 108 yards
  • Logged seven tackles in road win at Navy (Oct. 24)
  • Made three tackles against UCF (Oct. 31)
  • Posted seven tackles at Cincinnati (Nov. 7) and recorded two punt returns for 46 yards
  • Picked up 72‐yard punt return against USF (Nov. 14) and finished with four punt returns for 145 yards (36.3) along with one tackle
  • Was named The American's Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance vs. USF
  • Was the first UH player to record a punt return touchdown inside TDECU Stadium
  • Had five tackles and recorded one interception at Memphis (Dec. 12)
  • Made one stop and added two punt returns for 20 yards vs. Hawaii in the New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 24).

Redshirt Year (2019):

  • Redshirted after transferring from Troy.

At Troy (2017-18):

  • Medical redshirt. Became Troy's second All‐American since moving to the FBS level as a true freshman in 2018 when named to Phil Steele's All‐America Third Team as a kick returner
  • Also named to the ESPN and FWAA Freshman All‐America Teams ... Named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year
  • Named to the All‐Sun Belt Second Team as both a return specialist and an all‐purpose player in 2017
  • Set the Troy single‐season record and tied the Troy career record with three kickoff returns touchdowns
  • Tied the NCAA record with two kick return touchdowns in a game against Coastal Carolina
  • Added a 99‐yard return for a touchdown in Troy's Sun Belt title‐clinching win at Arkansas State
  • Returned 29 kicks for 879 yards
  • 30.31 average ranks as the third‐best in Troy's single‐season history
  • Returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown vs. Arkansas State; longest interception return and just the fourth 100‐yard play in Troy's FBS history
  • Picked off a fourth‐quarter pass and recorded a career‐high eight tackles in Troy's win at No. 22 LSU, which snapped the Tigers' 49‐game non‐conference home winning streak
  • Finished fifth on the team with 49 tackles (34 solo), two tackles for loss and six pass break ups
  • Returned 14 punts for 115 yards
  • Tied for first in the Sun Belt and second nationally with three 90‐plus yard all‐purpose plays
  • Four all‐purpose plays of 80‐plus yards ranked fourth nationally
  • Named All‐Sun Belt First Team as a return specialist and Second Team as a defensive back as a sophomore in 2018
  • Second in the Sun Belt averaging 25.6 yards per kickoff return, including a 96‐yard return for a touchdown against Coastal Carolina
  • Allowed a catch against him on just 52.8 percent of targets against him (19‐of‐36)
  • Broke up nine passes with a season‐high three in the opener against Boise State.

HIGHSCHOOL:

  • Three‐star recruit by ESPN and Rivals
  • Named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association 7A All‐State First Team as a senior
  • Helped lead Enterprise to an 11‐2 record and a berth in the second round of the Alabama 7A Playoffs
  • Named to the AL.com Super All‐State Team following senior season
  • Recorded 27 tackles and five interceptions
  • Also returned three punts for a touchdown and one kickoff for a touchdown
  • Added a receiving touchdown and fumble return for a touchdown
  • As a junior, recorded 50 tackles, three interceptions, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and eight pass break ups; returned one interception for a touchdown.
  • Also played basketball for the Wildcats.
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