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#80 Donnie Jones
Position: Punter
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 222 lbs.
Class: Senior
Experience: 4 Letters
City/State: Baton Rouge, La.
High School: Catholic HS
Donnie Jones Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 12/31/1999

(updated 2/6/04)

2002 Second-Team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC Coaches)
2002 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2001 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2000 Freshman All-SEC (SEC Coaches, Knoxville News)
2000 SEC Academic Honor Roll

SENIOR SEASON (2003)
One of the nation's top punters and the most prolific punter in LSU history ? A four-year starter for the Tigers, Jones holds the school record for punts (233) and punting yards (9,798) and he's second in school history in career punting average (42.1) ? Earned semifinalist status for the Ray Guy Award in 2003 ? Left-footed kicker with tremendous hangtime ? Capped season season with a 42.4 average on 65 punts ? One of the main reasons LSU ranked first in the SEC in net punting with a 39.0 average ? Boomed 12 punts of 50 yards or better in 2003, including a season-long of 67 yards vs. Auburn ? Has had 21 punts downed inside the 20, including 4 against Georgia in the SEC title game ? Excellent in the classroom as well as he's been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for three straight years.

JUNIOR SEASON (2002)
One of the top punters in the SEC ? Ranked second in the SEC and fifth in the nation with a 44.0 punting average ? Punted 64 times with 17 of those punts being downed inside the 20-yard line ? Broke a modern-day school-record with an 86-yard punt vs. Kentucky ? The punt, which traveled over 70 yards in the air, pinned Kentucky back on its 1-yard line ? Averaged 52.8 yards on four punts in win over The Citadel and averaged 50.2 yards on six punts vs. Kentucky ? Averaged 40 yards or better in all but one game in 2002 ? LSU ranked among the SEC leaders with 37.8 net yards per punt ? The Tigers ranked first in the league by allowing only 4.2 yards per punt return ? Capped year with four punts for a 48.8 yard average against Texas in the Cotton Bowl ? Punted at least one time in 12 of 13 games ? Did not attempt a punt vs. Miami (Ohio).

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2001)
Served as LSU's punter for the second straight season ? Averaged 43.7 yards on 47 punts during the regular season ? Has great hang time, one of the key reasons the Tigers ranked third in the SEC in net punting with a 39.6 average ... Had 13 of 47 punts downed inside the 20-yard line .. Had a long punt of 68 yards vs. Kentucky .... Career average of 40.6 yards on 104 punts ? Averaged 39.4 yards on 8 punts vs. Illinois in the Sugar Bowl ? Had 3 of 8 punts vs. the Illini downed inside the 20-yard line, including one of the 6-yard line ? Set a pair of SEC Championship game records in LSU's 31-20 win over Tennessee ? Had a 58-yard punt vs. the Vols, the longest punt in SEC Championship game history and also averaged 45.2 yards per punt, another championship game mark.

TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON (2000)
LSU's starting punter for every game of the season ... The top-rated freshman punter in the SEC with a 38.1 average on 57 punts ... Credited with 17 punts inside the 20 as well as nine fair catches and three touchbacks ... Named LSU's Special Teams Player of the Week against Kentucky after punting four times for a 43.0 average with a long kick of 51 yards ... Also credited with two punts inside the 20 vs. Kentucky and also had a pair of his punts fumbled vs. the Wildcats ... Boomed a season-long punt of 69 yards against UAB ... Had five punts inside the 20 against Houston.

HIGH SCHOOL
Class 5A All-State selection ... 4-5A All-District selection ... Two-time member of the Baton Rouge Advocate All-Metro ... Senior year averaged 43.4 yards per punt on 26 attempts ... Also an outstanding student in the classroom ... Led team to second place finish in District 4-5A and a semifinal berth in the Class 5A playoffs before losing to eventual state champion West Monroe ... Coached in High School by Dale Weiner.

PERSONAL
Full name is Donald Scott Jones, Jr. ... Parents are Don and Amanda Jones ... Has one sister, Mandy ... Born on July 5, 1980 in Baton Rouge ... Graduated in December of 2003 with a degree in finance.

Jones's Career Punting Stats

Year G-GS No. Yds. Avg. Lg. I-20 TB FC
2000 Fr. 11-11 57 2,174 38.1 69 17 3 9
2001 So. 12-12 47 2,054 43.7 68 13 5 7
2002 Jr. 13-13 64 2,813 44.0 86 10 6 17
2003 Sr. 14-14 65 2,757 42.4 67 22 7 16
Totals 50-50 233 9,798 42.1 86 62 21 49
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