#3 Ryan Jones
Hometown: Liberty, Mo.
Major: Corporate recreation major with a minor in coaching
Played in all 15 games and made two starts … finished with 35 tackles including 26 solo stops … tied for the team lead with eight pass breakups … lone interception of the year ended the first drive of the national championship game vs. Minnesota-Duluth (12/13) … recovered a fumble against Pittsburg State which led to a Northwest touchdown one play later and gave the Bearcats a 31-13 lead (11/22) … tied his career-high with eight tackles against PSU
Phil Voge Award Winner (top Northwest freshman, shared award with Aldwin Foster-Rettig) ... played in 13 of 14 games ... started the final three games of the season in place of injured starter Brandon Clayton ... led the team with three blocked kicks and tied for the team lead with two interceptions ... blocked a punt and an extra point attempt in the first half vs. Southwest Baptist (9/29) ... interception vs. Chadron State (12/1) set up a touchdown, which gave Northwest a 26-7 lead ... fourth-quarter interception vs. Grand Valley State (12/8) was returned 50 yards and set up a Northwest touchdown and gave the Bearcats a 27-16 lead ... returned a fumble 72 yards for his first collegiate score vs. Missouri Southern (11/10) ... finished as the team's sixth-leading tackler ... had a season-best eight stops vs. Pittsburg State (10/6) ... had nine tackles on special teams
Liberty High School
Second-team all-state and first-team all-conference defensive back … first-team all-state, all-district, all-metro and all-conference wide receiver … 2006 graduate.
Son of Terri and Anthony Jones … born Aug. 8, 1988