El Paso, TX - UTEP junior running back Aaron Jones announced he would forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. Despite getting and NFL Draft grade recommending he return to school, Aaron signed with agent Leigh Steinberg and will train in California before the NFL Draft in April.
Jones set multiple school records during his prolific junior season. The El Paso native rushed for a single-season school-record 1,773 yards, while climbing his way to the top of the program's career-rushing list with 4,114 yards, breaking John Harvey's 28-year old record. Jones averaged 7.7 yards on 229 carries and scored 17 rushing touchdowns (third most in program history). Jones added three more receiving scores, while tallying 2,006 all-purpose yards (fourth best single-season performance in school history). Jones capped the 2016 campaign with a career-high 301 yards and a career-best four rushing touchdowns against North Texas. Jones's 301-yard effort is the second most yards rushed in a single contest in UTEP history. Jones is currently ranked third in the nation with his 147.8 rushing yards per contest.