Football Writers Tab Jones To All-American Squad
Nov. 24, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia tailback Thomas Jones has addedanother honor to his growing list of accolades, this time being named tothe Football Writers Association of America All-America team.
This is the second All-America squad Jones has been named to in as manydays. He was named a Football News first-team All-American on Nov. 23.
Jones, a senior from Big Stone Gap, Va., set Atlantic Coast Conferencesingle-season records for most yards rushing (1,798) and all-purpose yards(2,054). He is third in the nation in rushing and second in all-purposeyards.
This marks the second year in a row Jones has led the ACC in rushing,becoming the first player since Ethan Horton of North Carolina (1983-84) tolead the conference in back-to-back seasons.
Jones also led the ACC in rushing touchdowns (16), total touchdowns (17)and receptions by a running back (22) this season. His four 200-yard gamesin ’99 tied for the national lead and is the most ever in a season by anACC player. Prior to this season, the ACC record for career 200-yard gameswas three-Jones finishes his career with six. Jones owns at least seven ACCand 14 school records.
Jones is the first UVa running back to receive first-team All-Americanhonors since Jim Bakhtiar in 1957.