Rockford Grad Voted Defensive Rookie of the Year

Jeremy Jones continues to make a name for himself at Wayne State University.

Jeremy Jones continues to make a name for himself at Wayne State University.

Jeremy Jones, a 2007 Rockford High School graduate and former football player under Coach Ralph Munger, enjoyed a stellar year as a red-shirt freshman at Wayne State University (WSU) and continues to make a name for himself.

The Wayne State Warrior in 2008 was selected to the All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Team. He was voted WSU’s Defensive Rookie of the Year and played in 10 games. The former Ram made his collegiate debut against Mercyhurst and had six tackles (3-3). He also forced a fumble and had a pass break-up, had nine tackles (4-5) at Saginaw Valley, and recorded four pass break-ups and five tackles (4-1) at Findlay.

During the season, Jones made a career-high 10 tackles (6-4) at Ashland and forced a fumble. He had a team-high eight tackles (5-3) against Northern Michigan along with a pass break-up. Jones had his first two collegiate interceptions at Ferris State University to earn GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week honors. He returned the first one 86 yards for a touchdown (sixth longest in school history) and had a pass break-up on the final play against Hillsdale. Jones recorded a career-best seven solo tackles against Grand Valley, finished sixth in the GLIAC in interception return yards (86), tied for seventh in forced fumbles (two) and tied for 15th in interceptions (two). He was fifth on the squad with 63 tackles, and third with seven pass break-ups.

In 2007, Jones dressed for the five home games, but did not see any playing time. He was WSU’s Defensive Scout Player of the Week for both the Findlay and Grand Valley games.

Jones earned two varsity letters for Coach Munger and the Rams. He had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Holland, and finished the year with 85 total tackles-including 40 solo-to earn team defensive MVP honors. Jones had three team-leading pass break-ups along with four interceptions. He recovered a fumble, blocked a punt and had seven quarterback hurries and was selected to the OK Red Metro All-Conference First Team as well as the All-North Area Advance First Team. Jones was also among The Grand Rapids Press’ All-Area Second Team and was nominated for the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Star game. During his high school career he recorded 55 tackles in 2005 with two interceptions and also competed in track for three years.

Jones is the son of Gloria Jones and Gary Herman. He has an older brother, Scott Dobbins, and a younger sister, Tiffany. At WSU, Jones is a liberal arts and sciences major. He was named to the Coach’s Honor Roll with a term grade-point average of 3.0 to 3.49 for winter 2008. Jones’ career ambition is to be an ophthalmologist.

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