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JONESBORO, Ark. (A-State) - Former Arkansas State defensive back Don Jones, a seventh round selection in the 2013 NFL?Draft by the Miami Dolphins, has been named to the Pro Football Writers of America's (PFWA) NFL?All-Rookie Team as a special teams selection.
Jones was one of 26 players across the league to earn the recognition, including 11 league newcomers on both offense and defense and five on special teams. Jones played in all 16 games this season for the Dolphins, recording 10 tackles and one forced fumble while playing mostly in a special teams role.
He received national attention for an impact play in Miami's home opener against the Atlanta when he laid a big hit on the Falcon's Harry Douglas during a punt return that caused a fumble recovered by the Dolphins. The play set up a Miami touchdown in a game the Dolphins went on to win 27-23.
The Dolphins spent their final pick of the 2013 draft on Jones, who was the 44th player taken in the seventh round and the 250th player chosen overall. The Red Wolves have had a player chosen in a school-record seven consecutive NFL?Drafts.
Jones recorded 74 tackles (45 solo/29 assists), the third most on the team and the most among defensive backs, during his senior season. ?He tallied a season-high 12 stops against Western Kentucky, but also posted nine against Louisiana-Monroe and eight versus Nebraska, South Alabama and Kent State. Jones also intercepted one pass against Alcorn State he returned 23 yards, recorded two pass break-ups and finished the year with 5.5 tackles for loss.
Jones originally signed with Red Wolves in 2008 and played running back during his redshirt freshman campaign in 2009. He then transferred to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for one season before returning to A-State to play defensive back his final two seasons.
He completed his final two seasons with the Red Wolves with 128 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions and five pass break-ups. He was a two-time Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week during his junior season and entered the 2012 campaign on the College Football?Performance Awards' national Special Teams Player of the Year Watch List.