Marcus Jones' Last Season

Nice article by Duarte today — “In a wide-ranging interview this week with the Houston Chronicle, Jones said his plan is to enter the NFL Draft after this season. He will not use his “super senior” bonus year of eligibility given to players due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

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He is ready to go to the NFL and make some money. I hope he has a great last season for the Coogs and makes it big in the NFL.


I post the article here for those who are being blocked by the Chron’s paywall:

Marcus Jones eyes ‘very big year’ in his final UH season

All-American return man Marcus Jones has the option to play another season at UH but he says 2021, a “very big year,” will be his last campaign as a Cougar.

Even though he has the option to return for another football season, All-American return specialist Marcus Jones says 2021 will be his last at the University of Houston.

In a wide-ranging interview this week with the Houston Chronicle, Jones said his plan is to enter the NFL Draft after this season. He will not use his “super senior” bonus year of eligibility given to players due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This will be my last year,” Jones said.

Jones is considered one of the top return men in the nation with five career touchdowns (four kickoffs and one punt) and led FBS in punt return average with 21.1 yards last season. He’s also among the top cornerbacks, tied for the second-highest career coverage grade (90.9) among returners, according to Pro Football Focus.

Jones was named to the preseason watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Jim Thorpe Award and Wuerffel Trophy.
Jones’ intentions are hardly a surprise. Coach Dana Holgorsen has repeatedly said he expects the multi-talented Jones to leave after this season. Along with punt returns and on defense, UH may use Jones at wide receiver this season.

“This is a very big year,” Jones said. “Having 12 guaranteed games, that would feel great to play different teams, not have any cancellations and play a full season. It would feel great to be able to play as many different teams and make as many plays as I can. But I also want to win a conference championship, too. That’s the main thing on my mind.”

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So, assuming we are in a bowl game, that means he will not be playing. That seems to be the trend.


First I have heard he might play some WR

Yeah, that’s what Holgorsen said. If he is used correctly in certain situations he could help the team get that tough TD or tough yards it has a hard time getting or at least keeps the opposing defense on the edge of their feet guessing.

Take it down. Then we complain when people or our brand isn’t ranked high because we don’t she’ll out the money to support it. It’s also not fair to the writer because that’s how he gets paid. I get you did it as a good but its better if we just pay.


This a great, extensive behind the scenes read about senior bowl scouts discussing which players they’ll invite. Marcus is the only coog mentioned. Since you need a subscription to read the whole thing I’ve just included the part about Marcus.

Among the wow prospects at corner are two Group of 5 players. There is UTSA’s Tariq Woolen, who measured at 6-foot-3 1/2 and 206 pounds with 33 1/4 inch arms, and there is Marcus Jones from Houston. Kazor was tipped off on Woolen three years ago by the Rams D-line coach, who had coached at UTSA.

Nagy on Jones: “That guy is a damn baller, man. Better athlete than I thought he was. Dude has true nickel movement—burst, change of direction, closing. Physical. Can play outside/inside. Is gonna be a hell of a return guy. Has seven total touchdowns. He is a slam dunk for our game. Gives us flexibility at wideout. I asked the coaches about that. They said he would love it if we tapped him on the shoulder to go play some wideout.”

Jones had a walk-off kick return for touchdown to win a game in the last minute for Houston.

“From my Patriots background, I’ve seen a lot of shorter cornerbacks excel in the NFL,” says Nagy. “I don’t think he’s getting out of Day Two.”

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I noticed the website changed him to a Sr as he was a Jr at first. Does that mean we know who’s staying and using their extra year ?

He has nothing to prove so I think he is gone after this year. He really excels at the nickel role and we are fortunate to have the depth to play him at that spot.

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Pretty much a given this would be his last season here. When we make it to the NY6 I expect all our players will participate in i.

Unless it is NY6 Bowl game an he wants to prove what he can do against back to back top 10 opponents (UC + ?)

He has an amazing future ahead of him in the NFL. :muscle: