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PRO: Felix Jones, possessing the necessary physical tools and talent as a top runner in the NFL, now enters his fifth pro season seeking to be a key contributor in the Cowboys offensive arsenal. Jones, who was selected by Dallas with the team’s first pick in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft, has complemented Dallas’ corps of running backs the previous four seasons. Last season, he teamed with rookie DeMarco Murray to provide the Dallas run game with 1,472 yards and a 5.1-yard average. After starting the initial five games of the season, Jones suffered an ankle sprain and gave way to Murray, who started the next seven games. Jones reclaimed the starting role after Murray (ankle) landed on Reserve/Injured. As a rookie in 2008, Jones showed flashes of his versatility before injuries landed him on Reserve/Injured. His ability for explosive plays was in full display as Jones became the first club rookie to score a touchdown in his first three professional games with an 11-yard touchdown run on his first career carry in the season opener, a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the home opener, followed by a 60-yard touchdown rush in Week 3. Although he missed two games with a knee injury in 2009, Jones continued to show his ability for the big play as he tied Jamaal Charles with a league-best rushing average of 5.9 yards-per-carry. His threat of being able to take it the distance from any point on the field was on display in 2009 as he had four of the club’s top-five longest runs (all 40-or-more yards) with two touchdowns from that distance. In total, Jones had 19 of the club’s 66 runs of 10-plus yards (14 from 10-20 and five from 20-plus) and all five of the club’s 10-plus yard playoff runs with two going for 20-or-more. In 2010 Jones began to see more time as the lead runner, playing in all 16 games for the first time in his career while earning a career-high seven starts to finish the season with career and team-highs in rushing yards (800) and carries (185). He also continued to build on his versatility, leading the team in all-purpose yards with 1,250 (800 rush; 450 rec.). Jones has also seen time at kick returner in Dallas, averaging 24.2 yards on 46 returns. In 2011 Jones again saw time returning kickoffs, taking seven back for 186 yards for a 26.6-yard average.
11/26/08: Placed on Reserve/Injured with a toe injury.
4/26/08: Drafted in the first round (22nd overall) by Dallas.
• Started eight of 12 games played, missing four with an ankle sprain, and finished second on the team with 575 yards on 127 carries (4.5) and a touchdown.
• Led all rushers with 44 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown in the opener at the N.Y. Jets (9/11). Upped his career rush attempts total to 348 to pass Timmy Newsome (340) for 15th in team history.
• Was limited with a shoulder injury suffered in the first quarter at San Francisco (9/18) and rushed a team-high nine times for 25 yards with a catch for five.
• Led all rushers with a career-best 115 yards - second career 100-yard game - on 14 carries for an average of 8.2. Upped his career yardage total to 1,935 to pass Troy Hambrick for 14th in team history. It was also his career-best average when rushing more than 10 times. Also added three catches for 40 yards.
• Rushed 16 times for 57 yards with five catches for 19 against Detroit (10/2).
• At New England (10/16) ran eight times for 14 yards and caught two passes for 19 before leaving the game with an ankle sprain late in the first half. Upped his career rushing yards total to 2,006 to become the 13th Cowboy to reach 2,000 career rushing yards.
• Returned to the field at Washington (11/20) as the number two running back and rushed five times for 18 yards and caught a pass for four.
• Took over kick return duties against Miami (11/24) and had four returns for 74 yards while adding a catch for four yards on offense.
• Carried the ball six times for 36 yards, caught one pass for seven yards and had three kickoff returns for 112 yards, including a season-long 69-yarder in the overtime loss at Arizona (12/4).
• Stepped in for Murray (ankle) in the first and led the team with 16 carries for 106 yards - his third career 100-yard effort - against the N.Y. Giants (12/11).
• Started at Tampa Bay (12/17) after Murray was moved to IR and led all rushers with a season-high and career-high tying 22 carries for 108 yards. It was the first time in his career he had back-to-back 100-yard games.
• Had four carries for 24 yards, seeing limited time with a hamstring strain against Philadelphia (12/24).
• Finished the season at the N.Y. Giants (1/1/12) with 11 carries for 30 yards and seven catches for 47.
• For the first time in his career, played in all 16 games while starting a career-high seven to lead the team on the ground with 800 yards on 185 carries (4.3) - both career-bests - and one touchdown.
• Placed third on the team with 48 receptions for 450 yards and one touchdown - all career-highs.
• Led the team with a career-high 1,250 all-purpose yards (800 rush; 450 rec.).
• In the season opener at Washington (9/12), tied for the team lead with eight carries for 38 yards along with two catches for 26 yards.
• At Houston (9/26) had seven carries for 43 yards to top 1,000 career rushing yards and become the 22nd Cowboy to accomplish the mark.
• Led the team with 15 carries for a career-high 109 yards against Tennessee (10/10) to mark his first 100-yard rushing game in the regular season and the club’s first 100-yard rushing game of the 2010 season. Jones’ rushing tally coupled with Tony Romo’s 400-yard passing day allowed the duo’s accomplishments to mark the first time in club history that Dallas had a 400-yard passer and a 100-yard rusher in a game.
• At Minnesota (10/17) recorded a career-high 10 receptions for a then-career-high 61 receiving yards while also leading the team in rushing with 14 carries for 32 yards.
• Led the team with 14 carries for 51 yards and added three receptions for a career-high 85 yards with one touchdown - a 71-yard reception for the longest catch of his career - during his first start of the season at the N.Y. Giants (11/14). Jones’ long touchdown catch was the longest pass completion by a Cowboy since Patrick Crayton caught an 80-yard touchdown at Tampa Bay (9/13/08) and was the longest reception by a club running back since Chris Warren hauled in a 76-yard scoring grab at Washington (9/18/00).
• Started against Detroit (11/21) in a two-back setup with Marion Barber and led the team with 51 rushing yards on 11 carries and added three receptions for 35 yards.
• Led the team with 13 rushes for 44 yards along with seven catches for 69 yards against New Orleans (11/25).
• Tallied a career-best 22 carries for 83 yards and caught three passes for eight yards at Indianapolis (12/5) while making his third start of the season.
• Made his fourth start of the season with Barber (calf) out and rushed 13 times for 41 yards with his first rushing touchdown of the year while also adding four receptions for 42 yards against Philadelphia (12/12). Jones’ rushing total in the game allowed him to cross the 1,500-yard career rushing mark to become only the 16th Cowboy to do so.
• Once again started in place of Barber (calf) against Washington (12/19) and led the team with 70 rushing yards on 12 carries while adding two receptions for 47 yards.
• At Arizona (12/25) led the team with 16 rushes for 77 yards and added one catch for 11 yards as he made his sixth start of the season.
• Started at Philadelphia (1/2/11) and led the team with 11 carries for 81 yards.
• Played in 14 games earning one start - the first of his career - in place of Barber (quad) and finished the season second on the team with 114 carries for 685 yards (5.9 avg.) and three touchdowns while catching 19 passes for 119 yards and returning 30 kickoffs for 678 yards (22.6 avg.).
• In the season-opening win at Tampa Bay (9/13), returned to play for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury at Arizona (10/12/08) and finished with six carries for 22 yards and two kickoff returns for 50 yards.
• In the Cowboys Stadium opener against the N.Y. Giants (9/20), rushed for a then career-high tying 96 yards on seven carries (13.7) with a touchdown. Also had six kickoff returns for 134 yards.
• Made his first career start in place of Barber (quad) and had eight carries for 94 yards (11.8) but suffered a knee strain in the third quarter, missing the remainder of the contest against Carolina (9/28).
• Was inactive at Denver (10/4) and for the overtime win at Kansas City (10/11) with the knee injury but returned against Atlanta (10/25) with eight carries for 37 yards.
• Had eight carries for 39 yards with a then career-long 30-yard reception while returning three kickoffs for 45 yards in the win against Seattle (11/1).
• Had 10 runs for 49 yards, a seven-yard catch and three kick returns for 66 yards against Washington (11/22).
• In the Thanksgiving Day win over Oakland (11/26), led the team with 68 rushing yards on seven carries with a 46-yard touchdown run.
• Recorded 10 carries for 51 yards while returning a kickoff a season-long 41 yards in the loss against San Diego (12/13).
• In the win at previously undefeated New Orleans (12/19), had 14 carries for 58 yards, one catch for 10 yards and three kickoff returns for 90 yards with a season-long tying 41-yard return.
• Finished second on the team with 10 carries for 58 yards and a season-best four catches for 27 yards in the playoff clinching win at Washington (12/27).
• In the season finale shutout against Philadelphia (1/3/10), carried the ball a season-high 15 times for 91 yards with a 49-yard touchdown run and caught three passes for three yards as Dallas claimed its 17th NFC East Division title.
• Against Philadelphia (1/9/10) in Dallas’ first playoff win since 1996, led the team with 16 carries for 148 yards - both all-time postseason personal-bests - with a 73-yard touchdown run - the longest of his career. His 148 yards was the first-ever 100-yard outing of his career, was good for the third-most rushing yards in a playoff game in franchise history, marked the 18th 100-yard postseason outing in team history and made him just the eighth different Cowboy to reach 100 yards in the playoffs.
• His 73-yard run was the longest rush by a Cowboy in team postseason history.
• Led the team with 14 carries for 69 yards (4.9) with three catches for 22 yards in the Divisional Playoff loss at Minnesota (1/17/10).
• His 217 postseason rushing yards placed him ninth on the club’s all-time postseason rushing yards list.
• Had his rookie season shortened after suffering a hamstring injury at Arizona (10/12) and subsequent great toe injury suffered during the rehab process, but averaged 8.9 yards with three touchdowns on 30 carries and returned 16 kickoffs for 434 yards (27.1) and a touchdown.
• In his NFL debut at Cleveland (9/7), rushed for 62 yards on nine carries with one touchdown - an 11-yarder on his first career carry. Also returned his first career kickoff 20 yards.
• In the home-opening win against Philadelphia (9/15), returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to mark the first kickoff return for a touchdown by Dallas since Randal Williams returned one 38 yards for a score against Philadelphia (10/12/03). Jones’ was the longest by a Cowboy since Reggie Swinton had a 100-yard return for a touchdown at Philadelphia (9/22/02) and the longest by a Dallas rookie since Ike Thomas had a 101-yard return against the N.Y. Jets (12/4/71).
• Jones racked up 247 return yards against the Eagles to establish a single-game club record while his 41.2-yard return average was fourth in club annals.
• With his 60-yard touchdown run at Green Bay (9/21), scored a touchdown in each of his first three professional games to become the first rookie in club history and the first league rookie since Andre Davis (Houston) and Donte’ Stallworth (New Orleans) in 2002 to accomplish that feat. The 60-yard run was the fourth-longest touchdown run by a rookie in team history.
• Rushed for 96 yards - including a 33-yard fourth down touchdown scamper - on just nine carries (10.7 avg.) against Cincinnati (10/5).
• Returned one kickoff 22 yards and had three carries for 22 yards before leaving the game in the third quarter with the hamstring injury at Arizona (10/12).
• Was inactive the next five games before landing on Reserve/Injured on Nov. 26 with the toe injury.
• Started 11 of the 38 games he played and rushed for 2,956 yards and 20 touchdowns on 386 carries through his career at Arkansas.
• In just three years at Arkansas, amassed 5,099 career all-purpose yards, joining Darren McFadden (5,881) as the only players in school history to crack 5,000 career all-purpose yards.
• His 7.7 yard-per-carry average was second only to Glen Davis (Army - 8.3 from 1943-46) in NCAA history. He also joined Mike Rozier (Nebraska - 7.2) and Reggie Bush (USC - 7.3) as the only backs to average over 7.0 yards-per-carry with a minimum of 350 attempts.
• On kickoffs, left as the NCAA’s ninth ranked kickoff returner with a career average of 28.2 yards-per-return.
• Started three-of-13 games as a junior, ranking fifth in the SEC with an average of 89.4 rushing yards-per-game as part of the nation’s fourth-ranked rushing attack (286.5).
• Named SEC Special Teams Player of the Year, averaging 29.6 yards-per-kickoff return (22 returns for a school record 652 yards) with two touchdowns.
• Finished second in the SEC (22nd in the nation) with 1,990 all-purpose yards (third-most in school history), averaging 153.1 per-game.
• Was the nation’s fourth-leading kickoff returner, averaging 29.6 yards-per-return.
• Was an All-SEC first-team selection as a sophomore, adding second-team accolades from the league’s coaches and Associated Press as he became the eighth running back in school history with more than 1,000 rushing yards when he had 1,168 - eighth in school record books - on 154 carries (7.6 avg.) with six touchdowns for an offense that finished fourth in the nation averaging 228.5 rushing yards-per-game.
• Finished fourth on the squad with 15 catches for 107 yards (7.1 avg.) and three scores.
• Returned 23 kickoffs for 554 yards (24.1 avg.) and a touchdown to rank third in school history for kickoff return yards in a season.
• The 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was his second career 100-plus yard return for a score to make him only one-of-two Razorbacks (Boyd Cypert) and one-of-two SEC players (John Avery, Mississippi) to have two 100-yard returns for touchdowns in a career.
• Ranked 22nd nationally, third in the SEC, with 1,829 all-purpose yards (fourth-most in school history), to finish second to McFadden’s 2,058 from 2006 on UA’s all-time list.
• His total of 1,829 all-purpose yardage broke the previous UA record and ranked second on the UA single-season list only to McFadden’s (2,058 yards) in the same season.
• Became the first freshman in school history to earn first-team All-America honors when CollegeFootballNews.com named him to its team as a kickoff return specialist.
• Second-team All-SEC pick by the league’s coaches.
• Finished second in the nation with a 31.9-yard kickoff return average, racking up 543 yards and one touchdown on 17 returns to earn SEC All-Freshman honors as a kickoff returner.
• His 543 total kickoff return yards were the third-most in a single season in school history.
• Rushed for 626 yards and three touchdowns on 99 attempts (6.3 avg.), finishing second on the team, 10th in the SEC, in rushing with an average of 56.9 yards-per-game.
• Tied teammate McFadden for the conference title with 6.3 yards-per-attempt.
• Became just the second player in school history to record two 100-yard rushing games as a freshman.
• Attended Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla., and was named the Tulsa World Player of the Year following his senior season, rushing for 2,282 yards and 48 touchdowns on 205 carries (11.1 avg.).
• Led his squad to a 13-1 record and a state runner-up finish, rushing for 166 yards and three touchdowns in the 5A state championship game.
• Sidelined with a broken ankle early in his junior season, but still managed to rack up 800 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns.
• Rivals.com ranked him as the 19th-best athlete in the nation and the fourth-best overall player in Oklahoma.
• Majored in kinesiology at Arkansas with an emphasis on teaching.
• 2008 Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club.
• 2010 Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party.
• 2010 Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party for North Texas Food Bank.
• 2010 Joined fellow running backs Marion Barber and Tashard Choice at the Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club to make a donation and tour the facility.
• 2011 Super Bowl XLV Play 60 Challenge school visit.
• 2011 Super Bowl XLV North Texas YET Football Clinic and press conference.
• 2011 Super Bowl XLV NFL Experience Youth Football Clinic.
• 2011 Running Backs Read for Scholastic and NFL at local elementary school during Hispanic Heritage Month.
• 2011 Susan G. Komen iPromise PSA.
• 2012 Let’s Move event with First Lady Michelle Obama.
• Annual Team holiday hospital visits.
• Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon and Cowboys Family Cookbook benefitting Happy Hill Farm.
• Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.
• Hosts the Felix Jones “Running Back to Make a Difference” MVP charity weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
• City of Tulsa’s “Mentoring to the Max” Program.
• Public Service Announcement with The Salvation Army in Tulsa.• Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.