22 - Taiwan Jones
Taiwan Jones
Height: 6-1
Weight: 200
Year: Jr..
Hometown: Antioch, Calif.
High School: Deer Valley HS '07
Position: RB
Experience: 2L*

2009: Listed as a backup at running back on EWU's preseason depth chart. Moved to running back from cornerback in the spring and had touchdown catches of 15 and 17 yards in the Red-White Spring Game, and also rushed for a scrimmage-high 33 yards. In four total spring scrimmages, he rushed for 134 yards on 16 carries (8.4 per carry) and scored five total touchdowns, including scoring runs of 41 and 39 yards.

2008: Started four games at field cornerback after missing much of the first part of the season with a broken fibula suffered in the first week of preseason practices. He made his much-anticipated collegiate debut against Portland State (10/4/08), but received more playing time than what was anticipated when starting cornerback Lonnie Hosley suffered a foot injury that kept him out of the final six games of the season. He had a career-high 15 tackles versus Sacramento State (11/1/08) and also had two blocked kicks over the course of the season. Was the team's special teams player of the week against Northern Colorado when he returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and subsequently was one of three team co-captains the following week. He helped the Eagles finish 12th the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in kickoff returns (22.9 per return).

2007: Redshirted. He was offensive scout team player of the week twice.

HS: Graduated from Deer Valley HS in 2007. He was the Contra Costa Times Player of the Year and also earned first team San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro honors as a running back. Jones was MVP of the Bay Valley Athletic League and his team's MVP on offense. He set his school's single season record with 19 touchdowns as a two-way starter. He rushed for more than 1,466 yards (9.3 per carry) and 13 touchdowns, and also scored three receiving and two on punt returns. Three of his six catches were for touchdowns and a total of 191 yards. On defense, he had 37 tackles with a sack and three interceptions. One of his interceptions he returned for a score. He led the Wolverines to a 10-0 regular season record and their first league title. A fourth-quarter ankle injury in the playoffs contributed to the team's first loss of the season. The year before, Deer Valley finished just 4-6.

Personal: Born 7/26/88 in San Francisco, Calif. Major undeclared.

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