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  Ray Jones
Ray Jones

Player Profile
Hometown:
Columbus, OH

High School:
Columbus Academy

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 210

Position:
RB

Experience:
2004-06


Getting To Know Ray Jones

At Stanford: Spent three seasons with the Stanford Football program (2004-06), receiving extensive playing time as a true freshman in 2004 and a fair amount two seasons later in 2006 mostly as a kick returner after not getting in a game during the season in between in 2005 ... Spent most of his career as a running back but did briefly work with the team's linebackers in 2006 when the Cardinal was short at the position ... Completed his career with 86 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 39 carries ... Also added two catches for four yards and 14 kick returns for 224 yards ... Played in 14 games.
Career Statistics
Career Game Highs: Rushes - 8, three times • Rushing Yards - 29, at Arizona State (11/6/04) • TD - 1, twice • LG - 9, twice • Rec - 2, vs. Oregon State (11/13/04) • Receiving Yards - 4, vs. Oregon State (11/13/04) • TD - None • LG - 5, vs. Oregon State (11/13/04) • Kick Returns - 3, three times • Kick Return Yards - 48, vs. Washington State (9/23/06) • TD - None • LG 31, vs. Washington State (9/23/06)

The 2006 Season: Second on the club in kick returns and kick return yardage, bringing 14 back for 224 yards and a 16.0 average with a long return of 31 yards ... Had his top kickoff return game against Washington State (9/23/06) when he returned two kicks for 48 yards, including his season-best 31-yard return. Game-By-Game Statistics
Season Game Highs: Kick Returns - 3, three times • Kick Return Yards - 48, vs. Washington State (9/23/06) • TD - None • LG 48, vs. Washington State (9/23/06)

The 2005 Season: Did not see any game action in '05 as a reserve running back ... His teammates voted him winner of the Greg Piers Award as the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Service Team Player

The 2004 Season: The only true freshman to play in 2004, Ray earned a letter as a backup running back ... He played in eight games and had 38 carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns ... Also had two receptions for four yards ... Saw action in Stanford's season-opening win over San Jose State as he carried the ball seven times for 14 yards, including a three-yard touchdown run ... Had eight carries in games vs. BYU, Arizona State and Cal ... Against the Sun Devils, he gained 29 yards and scored on a three-yard run.
Game-By-Game Statistics

In High School: Put together an impressive career as a one of the top running backs in the Midwest and the state of Ohio ... His career numbers at Columbus Academy include: 491 carries, 4,041 yards rushing, 8.3 average, 73 rushing touchdowns, 52 receptions for 782 yards and nine TDs along with 150 tackles and nine interceptions as a defensive back ... Named All-Midwest by SuperPrep and PrepStar ... Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 17 recruit in the state ... All-state selection following his senior season ... Led his team to the Division 5 state championship in 2003 ... Finalist for Ohio State Player of the Year honors ... Three-time All-Buckeye Athletic Conference and two-time All-Central District ... Selected to the Columbus Touchdown Club Blue Chip team following his senior season ... Rushed for 1,414 yards on 153 attempts (9.2 average) while scoring 27 touchdowns on the ground as a senior ... He also caught 26 passes for 337 yards and three TDs, averaged over 27 yards per kickoff return and registered 56 tackles as a strong safety ... Two-time All-State in track ... Best times include 49.6 in the 400m, 22.4 in the 200m and 10.8 in the 100m.

Personal Information: Economics major ... National chess champion in the third grade ... National Achievement honoree.

Getting To Know Ray Jones

I would describe myself as a person as: Social
What people don't know about me is: I won the national chess championship in third grade
For me to improve as a person, I need to: Work on my patience
My favorite pre-game ritual is: A week of practice
My greatest athletic moment is: A high school state championship
What sets Stanford apart from other college football programs: The academic demands and our quality of character within the team
The sports team I followed when I was younger: Penn State
When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be: Emmitt Smith
The athlete I admire most is: Bill Willis
If I could spend a day with anyone, it would be: Jesus Christ
The three people in history I admire most are: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Johann Gutenberg
Favorite Food: I love almost all food; especially funnel cakes, ribs, pasta, corn pudding and shrimp
Least Favorite Food: Blue cheese crumbs
If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on: Ramen noodles and chicken breasts
Favorite TV Show: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saved By the Bell and Fraggle Rock
If a movie were made of my life, I would have the following actor play me: Will Smith
Favorite musical group or performer: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Stylistics, The Temptations, U2, Gypsy Kings, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Notorious B.I.G., Rascal Flatts, Led Zeppelin, Jack Johnson, G-Unit, Sara Evans, Barry White and Usher.
After my Stanford career, I'd like to be remembered as: An ambitious, honest gentleman
The best advice I ever received was: Be cool, calm, and collected
One moment in history I wish I could have seen: When dinosaurs were around
The place I'd most like to visit: My island to be purchased in the future
Hobbies: Singing, shopping, traveling (when possible), playing guitar, cards and chess
Ten years from now, I'd like to be: Retired
My advice to youngsters: Live like there is no tomorrow and have no regrets
My most prized possession: Old family photos
The one thing about college football I would change: I'd create playoffs instead of bowl games, while paying division 1-A athletes salaries in addition to scholarships

Last Updated: March 6, 2007

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