It's easy to follow the Power 5's, the Alabama's, Clemson's, and Ohio State's of the world. You'll hear about Heisman candidates, they'll all come from those schools, they're the poster boys for college football. But college football is more than the syndicate that is the Power 5. It's also full of great, talented players with great stories. At the Roundup we want to introduce you to under the radar Texas players that if you don't know, you should. We'd like you to meet Alvin Jones, from UTEP.
5'11, 225 Senior
El Paso Burges
Awards and Stats
- Led UTEP in Tackles in 2015 & 2016.
- 2nd on team in tackles in 2014.
- 241 career tackles
- 2016 Dave Campbell's Preseason All-Texas Second Team
- 2016 ESPN Preseason All-C-USA First Team
- 2016 Athlon Sports Preseason All-C-USA Third Team
- 2015 Phil Steele’s Postseason All-Conference USA Third Team
- 2015 All-Conference USA Honorable Mention
- 2014 All-C-USA Freshman Team
Alvin Jones is one of the greatest athletes you've never heard of. Out of Burges high school he was a 5'10 175 defensive back. But he was much more than that.
Jones was an All-District player on both sides of the ball. As a quarterback he rushed for almost a thousand yards and threw for another 463. He returned three punts for touchdowns. He ran on the state champion 1600 meter relay team and was an All-City basketball player averaging 15 points a game.
One school recruited him. One. After a redshirt, Jones made the transition from undersized defensive back to really undersized linebacker. He took to it.
Why you should get to know him
His twin brother Aaron, you've heard of him, has gone on to declare for the NFL draft. He has a chance to make an NFL roster and have a pretty productive NFL career. He leaves UTEP as one of the best backs to play for the Miners. Meanwhile Alvin was making plays on the other side of the ball. Lots and lots of plays.
As an undersized redshirt freshman Jones was second on the team with 55 tackles and 9 tackles for loss. He also registered a sack, an interception, and a fumble recovery. All that garnered Jones CUSA All-Freshman selection.
His sophomore year Jones took a giant leap. He led the Miners in tackles with 93, in tackles for loss with 14.5 and sacks with 6.5. He also had two safeties. All that production and CUSA only named him Honorable Mention all-league.
His junior year, in spite of missing all or part of four games due to injury, Jones led UTEP in tackles once again with 93. Jones had a career high sixteen stops against FIU. Since arriving as an undersized defensive back, Jones has bulked up to 225, still undersized for an inside linebacker, but less so. That really doesn't matter because all Jones has done since arriving on campus is put up numbers and cause havoc.
With a similarly productive senior season, Jones will insert himself into almost every significant entry in UTEP's defensive record book. There are hundreds of linebackers who had more stars and more offers from Jones' class that are a shadow of his production. Maybe with another productive season, CUSA will see fit to give its most productive defensive player the past two seasons a first team All-Conference spot. Regardless, you should get to know him.