On Jones: Incumbent starter at quarterback after taking over starting duties late in his freshman campaign ... became the first true freshman in Maryland history to start a game at quarterback when he took the opening snap at Clemson ... athletically-gifted QB who runs the ball effectively ... helped enhance Terps' ground game last season and produce the sixth-most improved rushing attack in the nation ... came to Maryland originally as a free safety and still could play on the defensive side of the ball if circumstances called for it ... wore jersey No. 38 when he arrived on campus last fall, and switched to No. 1 when he moved to quarterback ... wears No. 12 this season.
1998: True freshman QB who started four of the 10 games in which he played ... 44 for 98 passing for 567 yards and three touchdowns ... fourth-leading rusher with 230 yards on 77 carries ... 75-yard touchdown scamper vs. Duke was Maryland's longest run from scrimmage all season ... had a 40-yard TD run vs. Georgia Tech, in Baltimore ... first start came at Clemson ... started four straight games before coming off the bench in just the second series against Duke and NC State ... at Duke, finished with 115 yards rushing and was 6 of 13 passing while guiding Terps to 358 yards total offense ... Terps' offensive back of the game at Duke ... engineered both Maryland scoring drives vs. Florida State ... longest pass was a 56-yard completion to fullback Matt Kalapinski who was taken down at the NC State 9-yard line ... Jones scored two plays later from eight yards out for a 28-21 deficit with 10:15 remaining ... saw action in every game except at Virginia ... caught a 15-yard pass from tailback LaMont Jordan vs. Temple.
Prep School: Attended the Naval Academy Prep School in Rhode Island in the fall of 1997 ... broke the school record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.
High School: Graduated from Gov. Thomas Johnson High School in 1997 ... was a two-time all-state free safety at Gov. Thomas Johnson High ... was a preseason All-American prior to his senior season by Street & Smith's ... led his high school team in interceptions for three seasons, totaling 21 in his career ... as a quarterback in '96, he rushed for 19 touchdowns and passed for 13 others ... was a three-time all-area and All-Central Maryland Conference selection at QB and free safety ... led his team with 123 total tackles as a senior ... Gov. Johnson reached the state semis his junior and senior seasons and the quarterfinals his sophomore year ... also played basketball in high school (where he was a teammate of current Terp basketball player Terence Morris), helping his team to a state 3A championship ... was a state high school champion as a senior in the 110 hurdles and finished third in the state in the 300 intermediate hurdles and the long jump.
Personal: Randall Demetrius Jones ... born April 20, 1979 ... son of Karen and Randy Jones ... majoring in letters & sciences ... first name is pronounced "ran-DELL."
Rushing G-GS Att Net Avg. TD LP
1998 10-4 77 230 3.0 3 75
Rushing G-GS Att Net Avg. TD LP 1998 10-4 77 230 3.0 3 75
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