Career Highlights

  • Selected by the Packers with the second of two fifth-round picks (No. 182 overall), a compensatory pick awarded to the team in the 2017 NFL Draft.
  • Became the first running back to be drafted out of Texas-El Paso since Marcus Thomas in 2008 (fifth round, San Diego) and the first UTEP running back to be selected by the Packers since Ed Smith in 1948 (third round).
  • Finished his career at UTEP ranked No. 1 in rushing yards (4,114) and 100-yard rushing games (17), No. 2 in rushing touchdowns (33) and all-purpose yards (4,760), and No. 3 in rushing attempts (658) and points (240).
  • Set a UTEP career record with five career 200-yard rushing games, highlighted by four 200-yard outings in 2016.
  • Ranked No. 4 in the country with 1,773 rushing yards in 2016, a total that also set the single-season school record at Texas-El Paso, and ranked No. 3 in the nation in rushing yards per game (147.8).
  • Averaged 7.7 yards on 229 carries last season, the best mark in the country among players with 150-plus rushing attempts in 2016.
  • Earned first-team All-Conference USA honors and was named third-team All-America by The Associated Press in 2016.
  • Started the first two games as a junior in 2015 before sustaining a season-ending ankle injury. Was granted a medical redshirt.
  • Earned second-team All-Conference USA recognition as a sophomore in 2014 after leading the team with 1,321 rushing yards and 11 TDs. His yardage total was the fourth-best single-season mark in school history.
  • Played in nine games with six starts as a true freshman in 2013, earning Conference USA All-Freshman team honors. Led the Miners with a freshman-record 811 yards rushing and four TDs on 155 attempts (5.2 avg.).
  • Had an 81-yard run at Rice that season, the longest by a freshman in school history and the longest by an FBS freshman in 2013.
  • Rushed for 1,800-plus yards and posted 30 TDs on his way to being named 1-4A Offensive MVP and earning Class 4A all-state honors as a senior at Burges High (El Paso, Texas).
  • Majored in multidisciplinary studies.


Rushed for 1,800-plus yards and posted 30 TDs on his way to being named 1-4A Offensive MVP and earning Class 4A all-state recognition as a senior at Burges High (El Paso, Texas)…Was named All-City MVP by the El Paso Times…Rushed for 335 yards in a regional playoff win against Wichita Falls Rider…Added 74 tackles (56 solo), an interception and two forced fumbles as a senior at defensive back…Participated in the Greater El Paso All-Star Game…Earned 1-4A District MVP honors as a junior after rushing for 1,400-plus yards and 16 TDs…Earned all-district recognition as a sophomore at WR…Was a four-time letterman in basketball and track and field…Earned all-city honors in basketball from the El Paso Times…Was a member of a 4x400 relay team that won the district title and advanced to the state championship.


Given name Aaron LaRae Jones…Born in Savannah, Ga. …Single…His twin brother, Alvin, plays LB at Texas-El Paso and was also a teammate of his in high school…His parents, Alvin Sr. and Vurgess, both retired as sergeant majors in the U.S. Army…Was born in Georgia and also lived in Germany, Tennessee and Virginia…Worked with special-education students and visited schools while he was in college…Residence: El Paso, Texas.