On Jones: Senior safety and former quarterback who has been a regular contributor on defense the past two seasons goes into 2001 atop the depth chart at the free safety spot ran a 4.48 40-yard dash in spring testing quarterbacking experience will help as the free safety is responsible for checks and adjustments for the secondary won starting QB duties as a true freshman relinquished the position to Calvin McCall in 1999, but came on to call signals during most of the Terps' 1999 season finale vs. Virginia ... became the first true freshman in Maryland history to start a game at quarterback when he took the opening snap at Clemson in 1998 athletically-gifted athlete who ran the ball effectively at quarterback and who learned rapidly in the secondary as a sophomore and junior came to Maryland originally as a free safety and should establish a strong presence defensively in his final season wore jersey No. 38 when he arrived on campus in 1998, and switched to No. 1 when he moved to quarterback began wearing No. 12 in 1999.
2000 (Junior): Appeared in all 11 games, making three starts at nickel back starts came vs. Middle Tennessee, Florida State and Clemson posted season totals of 41 tackles, one sack and one interception his interception was a 90-yarder for a touchdown vs. Wake Forest, the longest interception return for a TD by a Terp in 11 seasons recorded a career-high 10 tackles (eight solos) vs. Florida State also had eight tackles vs. Clemson and seven (all solos) at Virginia.
1999 (Sophomore): Former starting quarterback who moved back to the secondary immediately following the season opener returned to the QB position for the season finale vs. Virginia and nearly led Maryland to a dramatic upset and bowl bid in between the opener and season finale, when he went into each game as the No. 2 QB, he was a key figure in the Terps secondary, although mostly in a reserve role totaled 27 tackles and two pass breakups made back-to-back starts at the free safety position vs. North Carolina and Duke in place of the injured Shawn Forte recorded a career-high 13 tackles vs. North Carolina and had eight vs. Clemson in the season finale vs. Virginia, was called on to play quarterback with the Terps trailing 17-0 in the first quarter led Maryland on a 24-0 scoring run and had the Terps in the lead late in the game before falling 34-30 in the games final minute.
1998 (Freshman): Started four of the 10 games in which he played at quarterback as a true frosh 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 U.S. Naval Academy Prep School in Rhode Island in the fall of 1997 broke the school record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback was a team co-captain.
High School: A 1997 graduate of Gov. Thomas Johnson High School ... was a two-time all-state free safety ... was a preseason All-American prior to his senior season by Street & Smiths ... 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 former 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.
Personal: Randall Demetrius Jones was born April 20, 1979 ... son of Karen and Randy Jones ... majoring in communications ... first name is pronounced ran-DELL.
Defense G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int 1999 10-2 14 13 27/2.7 0-0 0.0-0 0-0 2000 11-3 31 10 41/3.7 1-8 1.0-8 1-90 Totals 21-5 45 23 68/3.2 1-8 1.0-8 1-90
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