With another record, ECU's Zay Jones is NCAA's most prolific receiver

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A week after breaking the NCAA record for most career catches, East Carolina WR Zay Jones sets the single-season receiving mark.

With another record, ECU's Zay Jones is NCAA's most prolific receiver

A week after breaking the NCAA record for most career catches, East Carolina WR Zay Jones sets the single-season receiving mark.

One week after breaking the NCAA record for most career receptions, East Carolina receiver Isaiah "Zay" Jones has broken yet another record.

The Pirates senior hauled in a short pass from quarterback Gardner Minshew in the second quarter of ECU's game against Temple for his 156th catch of the season.

That catch broke the single-season mark of 155, set in 2009 by Bowling Green receiver Freddie Barnes.

Jones has made those receptions, count, too —  89 of those 156 catches have gone for a first down. He had 1,685 receiving yards entering the Temple game, with eight touchdowns. His five receptions Saturday have gone for 46 yards as ECU trailed 21-7 at halftime. 

If Jones played in Tuscaloosa or Ann Arbor, he might be a household name among college football fans, but he's flown under the radar in ECU's pass-happy offense. Jones is one of three finalists for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award that goes to the most outstanding receiver in college football. The other finalists are Oklahoma's Dede Westbrook and Austin Carr of Northwestern.

Jones has already been invited to the Senior Bowl, where he'll be able to make an impression on NFL scouts. Projections have him going as early as the second round in next year's NFL Draft. His father, Robert Jones — who also played collegiately at ECU — was a first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys. The linebacker went on to play 10 seasons in the NFL.

 

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