RB Aaron Jones was drafted by the Packers in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
CAREER NOTES: UTEP’s all-time leading rusher (4,114 yards) and ranks seventh on the Conference USA all-time rushing list … broke John Harvey’s 28-year old record after rushing for a program single-season best 1,773 yards (fifth best single-season performance in C-USA history) … set program record by rushing for 100-plus yards in 17 career games … owns program’s longest rushing play (91-yard rushing score at Texas Tech) … 33 rushing touchdowns during career ranks second in program history behind Harvey (42 touchdowns) … registered a program-best 200-plus yards rushing in five career games ... 658 career rush attempts rank third behind Howard Jackson (667) and Harvey (678) … only third Miner ever to produce multiple 1,000-yard seasons … 240 career points (40 total touchdowns) ranks second on non-kickers list behind Harvey (306 points), while ranking third behind Reagan Schneider (287 points) on the program’s overall career points list … 4,760 career all-purpose yards rank no. 2 behind Jackson (6,153 all-purpose yards) … registered 100-plus yards during a single half 13 times during career … recorded 100-plus yards during a single quarter six times during career … produced multiple touchdowns in 14 career games. 2014 (SOPHOMORE):
2016 (JUNIOR): Started all 12 games … earned All-Conference USA first team honors and recognized as one of the top running backs in the nation after setting a single-season program record by amassing 1,773 yards rushing on 229 carries (7.7 avg.) and 17 rushing touchdowns (third most in program history) … other accolades include: Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week (Nov. 29), C-USA Player of the Week (Nov. 28), Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Semifinalist Honors (Nov. 16), Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week Honorable mention (Nov. 8), Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch list (Aug. 16), Doak Walker Award watch list (July 14) and the Maxwell Award watch list (July 5) … other impressive numbers includes 2,006 all-purpose yards (fourth best single-season performance in school history) and 20 total touchdowns … produced 120 points during season (third best in program history) caught 28 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns … threw a three-yard touchdown pass on only attempt … led Conference USA in yards rushing and yards per game (147.8) … nationally, ranked fourth in rushing yards and third in yards per game … tallied seven 100-plus rushing yards games, including three 200-plus yard games and a 300-plus yard contest … scored at least one touchdown in 11 games … capped 2016 season with a career-high 301 yards on 24 attempts (12.5 avg.) and a career-best four rushing touchdowns, and a career-best 312 all-purpose yards during season finale victory against North Texas … rushing performance versus Mean Green is the program’s second best single-game performance … rushed for touchdowns of 83 yards (second longest rush of career), 48 yards, 58 yards and three yards versus UNT … rushed for a career-high 198 yards in the first half (118 yards in first quarter) against the Mean Green … performance versus North Texas is a single-game best in C-USA in 2016 … eighth player in C-USA history to rush for over 300 yards in a single contest … 301 yards versus UNT tied sixth best single-game performance in C-USA history … opened junior campaign with a 249-yard rushing and three-touchdown performance (292 all-purpose yards) versus rival NM State after missing last 10 games of 2015 due to a season-ending injury … ran for a career-best 140 yards in the fourth quarter against the Aggies … ran for 228 yards on 14 carries (16.3 avg.) and two touchdowns during a victory against Houston Baptist … followed with 229 yards rushing on 27 attempts (8.5 avg.) and two scores at Florida Atlantic … rambled off 123 yards on 18 carries (6.8 avg.), including a 51-yard rushing score at no. 11 Texas … tallied 127 yards on 16 attempts (7.9 avg.) and a 68-yard rushing touchdowns against Southern Miss … registered 169 all-purpose yards (113 rush, 56 rec.) and three total touchdowns (41-yard rush TD, 27-yard rec. TD & 25-yard rec. TD) during a 5OT victory at UTSA … with performance versus Roadrunners, became only Miner in modern era to tally two receiving touchdowns and a rushing score during a single game … rushed for 94 yards, including a five-yard score and passed for another score (three-yard touchdown toss to Hayden Plinke) against Old Dominion … rushed for 73 yards on eight carries (9.1 avg.), while finding the end zone on runs of 49 yards and one yard against FIU … only running back in C-USA to post multiple (four) 200-plus yard games in 2016.
2015 (JUNIOR): Started first two games of 2015 before an injury ended junior campaign …received medical redshirt... named team captain … ranked tied for third with 209 rushing yards and scored a touchdown … recorded 106 yards on nine receptions and a score … earned All-Conference USA honorable mention … opened 2015 season with a career-high 83 yards receiving, while tying career best with six receptions at Arkansas … during the first half at Texas Tech before going down with the foot injury, gained 139 rushing yards on 17 carries, including a program-best 91-yard touchdown rush, and added a 24-yard touchdown reception.
Second Team All-Conference USA ... started 12 games, missing one due to injury ... led the team with 1,321 rushing yards (fourth-best single-season total in program history), rushing scores (11), points (84), yards per game (110.1), attempts (242), total touchdowns (14) and all-purpose yards per game (134.5) ... totaled 1,614 all-purpose yards (seventh-best single-season performance in program history) ... averaged 5.5 yards per carry ... led team in receiving touchdowns (three), while ranking second in receptions (30) and yards (293) ... yards per game ranked 24th amongst all FBS players and fourth in Conference USA ... ranked 26th nationally and fourth in C-USA in rushing yards ... only the ninth Miner to hit over 1,000 yards in a season, while becoming the first since the 2009 season (Donald Buckram -- 1,594 yards) ... produced six 100-yard games and six multiple-touchdown games ... opened the 2014 campaign with career-bests in rushing yards (237) and rushing touchdowns (three) during a victory at New Mexico ... ran for a 73-yard touchdown (career-long rushing score) against the Lobos ... became the first-ever sophomore in UTEP history to rush for 200-plus yards in a single game ... amassed 177 yards rushing and found the end zone twice, including a 54-yard running score, during a win over North Texas ... totaled 122 all-purpose yards (86 rushing, 36 receiving) and two touchdowns (24-yard rush, 40-yard reception) at USTA ... registered 168 rushing yards and two rushing scores during a win over rival NM State ... ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns against Texas Tech ... rambled for 219 all-purpose yards (147 rushing, 72 receiving) and two touchdowns (a seven-yard rushing score and a career-long 72-yard touchdown reception) versus Middle Tennessee ... hit 103 rushing yards against Old Dominion ... tallied a 54-yard reception at LA Tech ... caught first collegiate receiving touchdown on a three-yard pass at Kansas State ... led team to New Mexico Bowl, its first since 2010.2013 (FRESHMAN):
Recognized as one of the top freshmen running backs in the nation ... saw action in nine games, making six starts as a true freshman ... missed last three games due to injury ... named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team ... earned College Football News All-Freshman team honorable mention honors ... tabbed to the Athlon Sports Freshman All-America third team ... led the Miners with a freshman-record 811 yards on 155 attempts (5.2 average) ... rushed for four touchdowns ... played on an offensive unit that racked up 2,216 rushing yards, most since 1988 ... ranked second in the nation in rushing yards and rushing yards per game amongst freshmen prior to sustaining his injury ... ended the year rated no. 42 in the country in rushing ... led the Miners with 34 rushing first downs ... rushing yards ranked ninth and rushing average (90.1 ypg) ranked fifth in C-USA ... rushing yards ranked sixth nationally amongst freshman ... tallied three 100+ yard games and six 90+ yard games ... three 100-yard rushing games were the most by a UTEP freshman since John Harvey had four in 1985 ... caught four passes for 14 yards ... opened collegiate career by running for 127 yards on 11 carries (11.5 average) and two touchdowns against New Mexico ... dashed 65 yards to the end zone during the game versus New Mexico ... ran for a career-high 186 yards, including a career-long 81-yard sprint, at Rice ... the 81-yard run against the Owls was the longest by a freshman in school history and the longest by an FBS freshman in 2013 ... ran for 97 yards and a touchdown in a victory at rival NM State ... rushed 18 times for 121 yards (6.7 average) against LA Tech ... rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown at No. 12 Texas A&M ... racked up 94 yards rushing at Colorado State ... rushed 15 times for 90 yards (6.0 average) against Tulsa. PRIOR TO UTEP:
Earned 1-4A Offensive MVP and the El Paso Times All-City MVP award his senior season ... appointed to The Old Coach 2013 Class 4A All-State Team ... amassed more than 1,800 yards rushing and accounted for 30 touchdowns in 2012 ... recorded 74 tackles (56 solos), one interception and two forced fumbles ... helped Burges to a 10-3 record and an area playoff win ... rushed for 335 yards against a solid Wichita Falls Rider defense in the regional playoffs ... played three years of varsity ... earned 1-4A District MVP honors after compiling over 1,400 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns his junior season ... participated in the Greater El Paso All-Star Game ... named to the National All-Department of Defense team ... All-District wide receiver his sophomore season ... played varsity basketball and competed on the track and field team for Burges ... El Paso Times All-City selection on the hardwood ... a member of the 1600m relay state championship team after taking the district title ... played with his twin brother, Alvin. PERSONAL:
Full name is Aaron LaRae Jones ... son of Alvin, Sr. and Vurgess Jones ... father is an army veteran and mother is an active duty member of the military ... has two brothers and one sister ... his twin brother, Alvin is a linebacker for UTEP ... born in Savannah, Ga. ... kinesiology major.