East Carolina WR Zay Jones sets all-time reception record in loss to Navy

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/228857/" data-ylk="slk:Zay Jones">Zay Jones</a> broke the record of former ECU WR <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/players/28495/" data-ylk="slk:Justin Hardy">Justin Hardy</a>. (Getty)
Zay Jones broke the record of former ECU WR Justin Hardy. (Getty)

East Carolina wide receiver Zay Jones is now the most prolific wide receiver in Football Bowl Subdivision history.

Jones broke former ECU WR Justin Hardy’s record for career receptions in the Pirates’ 66-31 loss to Navy on Saturday. Jones made his record-breaking 388th catch with 11:33 left in the second quarter.

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He finished the game with 12 catches for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Here’s how his stats look over his four-year career with one game to go in his senior season. At 3-8, East Carolina is guaranteed to not go to a bowl this season.

Zay Jones’ record-breaking catch.
Zay Jones’ record-breaking catch.

2016: 139 catches, 1,473 yards, 6 TDs
2015: 98 catches, 1,099 yards, 5 TDs
2014: 81 catches, 830 yards, 5 TDs
2013: 62 catches, 604 yards, 5 TDs

Hardy played for ECU from 2011-2014 and had 387 catches for 4,541 yards and 35 touchdowns. His most prolific season was his senior year when he had 121 catches for 1,494 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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Jones has been the focal point of the ECU offense this season. ECU’s second-leading receiver (Quay Johnson) has 54 catches while Jones’ yardage total doubles that of Jimmy Williams (711 yards). Running back James Summers, the team’s leading rusher, has 683 yards.

While his yards-per-catch numbers aren’t high, Jones should at least be in the conversation for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation’s best wide receiver.

ECU finishes the season next week vs. Temple.

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