One of the top tailbacks in the collegiate ranks ... Will take over as the featured back in the Hokies' I-formation this fall ... Has rushed for 1,828 yards the past two seasons while starting just three regular-season games ... Shared the spotlight with record-setting senior Lee Suggs last year ... Was having an outstanding year until a hamstring injury slowed him down ... Still registered 871 yards and nine touchdowns ... Continues to get better in all phases of the game ... Selected to the 2003 Playboy All-America Team ... Named second-team preseason All-America by The Sporting News ... Was a third-team preseason pick by Athlon Sports magazine ... Listed as the No. 3 running back in the nation by TSN ... A tough, physical runner with blazing speed ... Excels in the strength and conditioning program ... Has become a good blocker and is running good pass routes out of the backfield ... Is tough to bring down ... Was the nation's top recruit when he came to Tech in 2001 ... Played in every game that season ... Worked his way up to the No. 2 tailback spot by the second game and was starting by the ninth game ... Led the Hokies in rushing with 957 yards ... His rushing total set a Tech freshman record ... Finished the season fifth in the BIG EAST in rushing, tops among freshmen ... Was fifth among all Division I-A freshmen in rushing for the season and third among true freshmen ... Voted the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year by the league coaches and was a second-team Freshman All-America selection by The Sporting News ... Coaches feel he has all the tools to be the best running back to play at Virginia Tech ... 2002: Rushed for 871 net yards and nine touchdowns on 160 carries ... Also caught four passes for 21 yards ... Began the season in quiet fashion, rushing for just 31 yards on four carries ... Had a 19-yard run for a touchdown ... Also had three solo tackles on special teams ... Carried the ball 14 times for 70 yards in the win over LSU ... Had a 2-yard touchdown run and a long run of 34 yards ... Erupted in the Hokies' win over Marshall, rushing 24 times for 171 yards and three TDs ... First score came on a 25-yard run up the middle ... Scored on a 15-yard rush around the left end in the second quarter ... Final score came on a 1-yard run around the right side in the fourth quarter ... Ran for 48 yards on 15 carries at Texas A&M ... Suffered his first lost fumble of the season in that game ... Ran the ball 14 times for 36 yards and a touchdown at Western Michigan ... Also had a solo tackle on special teams ... Carried the ball 18 times for 144 yards in the win at Boston College ... Scored on a 4-yard run that put the Hokies up for good ... Had a season-long run of 67 yards ... Also had a solo tackle on special teams ... Carried the ball 13 times for 132 yards and a touchdown against Rutgers ... Scored on a 58-yard run that was on every highlight show ... Also had a solo tackle on punt coverage ... Led the team with 72 yards rushing against Temple on 17 carries ... Also had an assisted tackle on special teams ... Left the Pittsburgh game early with a strained hamstring ... Carried the ball twice for four yards ... Scored on a 3-yard run before the injury ... Missed the Syracuse game with that injury, but returned to rush for 36 yards on nine carries against West Virginia ... Came back strong against Virginia, rushing 15 times for 91 yards ... Also had a solo tackle on special teams ... Carried the ball four times for one net yard at Miami ... Caught two passes for 14 yards in that game ... Rushed 11 times for 35 yards and caught two passes for seven yards against Air Force in the San Francisco Bowl ... Was an Iron Hokie during the winter ... Posted a 360-pound bench press, a 560-pound back squat, a 41 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 4.3 forty ... His vertical jump set a Tech record for the tailback position ... Scored on a 43-yard run in Tech's second spring scrimmage ... Turned in 26 yards on six carries and scored a touchdown before leaving the Hokies' third scrimmage with a sprained ankle ... Did not participate in the Maroon-White game ... 2001: Played in every game as a true freshman, starting the last three regular-season games and the Gator Bowl ... Finished with 957 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 175 carries ... His rushing total set a new Tech record for freshmen ... Averaged 5.5 yards per rush ... Caught six passes for 47 yards ... Rushed 11 times for 63 yards in the first action of his career against UConn ... Ran for 75 yards on 10 carries against Western Michigan ... Recorded 76 yards on 18 rushes at Rutgers ... Scored his first career touchdown against UCF, a 7-yard run ... Finished with 90 yards on 11 carries in that game ... Also had a 21-yard reception ... Put up 67 yards and a score on 16 carries at West Virginia ... His touchdown against WVU came on a 44-yard burst ... Ran for 60 yards on 17 carries in the win over Boston College ... Put on a show at Temple in his first career start ... Rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in that game ... Had an 87-yard scoring run, the fourth-longest on record at Tech since 1950 and the longest on record by a freshman ... Was the workhorse in Tech's win at Virginia ... Carried the ball 37 times for 181 yards and a touchdown ... The 37 carries were the most ever for a Tech freshman and the 181 yards were the second-most for a Hokie under Coach Frank Beamer ... Ran for 160 yards on 24 carries against top-ranked Miami ... Got 23 carries against FSU in the Gator Bowl, gaining 55 yards and scoring on a 5-yard run ... Ran a 4.38 forty during spring testing and posted a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump ... Bench pressed 340 pounds and added a 505-pound back squat ... Contributed a 69-yard touchdown run in Tech's first scrimmage of the spring ... Finished that scrimmage with 94 yards on five carries ... Had two 4-yard TD runs and 44 total yards rushing in another scrimmage ... Rushed eight times for 35 yards and caught a 3-yard pass during the annual Maroon-White game ... High School: The most highly-rated recruit in Virginia Tech history ... Ranked the nation's top high school player in 2000 by SuperPrep, Max Emfinger's Blue Chip Recruiting, Rivals and Student Sports ... Named to the PrepStar Dream Team as the No. 2 running back in the nation, the No. 1 RB in the East Region and the No. 1 overall player in the East ... Rated the No. 3 player in the nation by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... Named the nation's No. 1 offensive player by G&W Recruiting ... A member of the USA Today All-USA first team ... A Parade All-American and a Reebok ESPN first-team All-American ... Named the player of the year in Pennsylvania by the Philadelphia Inquirer ... Listed as the top player in the state by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ... A four-time all-county pick and a four-time All-Catholic League selection ... His 5,878 career rushing yards rank second all-time in Philadelphia history and first in Catholic League history ... Scored 84 career touchdowns and stands as the leading scorer in Delaware County history ... Rushed for 1,268 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior, despite missing two games with an ankle injury ... Helped lead Coach George Stratts' team to the Catholic League championship, scoring four touchdowns in the title game - two on runs, one on a kickoff return and another on a pass reception ... Played in the National High School All-Star game ... Won the first-ever High School Heisman award for the Northeast region ... Ran for 1,896 yards and 26 touchdowns his junior year ... Added 2,082 yards rushing and 26 TDs as a sophomore ... Gained over 600 yards on the ground as a freshman ... Holds the school record for longest run from scrimmage (96 yards) and set a single-game mark for rushing yards with 305 on just 15 carries ... Ranks as a national-caliber sprinter in track with times of 10.2 in the 100-meters, 21.2 in the 200-meters and 6.7 in the 60 ... Was clocked at 4.26 in the forty at FSU's summer camp ... Personal: Kevin S. Jones ... Born 8/21/82 in Chester, PA ... Son of Thomas and Tracey Jones ... His father was a high school All-America basketball player ... Is studying business.
|2002 Rushing Game-by-Game|
|at Texas A&M||1||15||48||3.2||0||15|
|at Western Michigan||1||14||36||2.6||1||9|
|at Boston College||1||18||144||8.0||1||67|
|at Syracuse||Did not play|
|vs Air Force||1||11||35||3.2||0||8|