Sep 9, 2013
Minnesota junior Marcus Jones was named Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week after his road performance at New Mexico State. Jones returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown as the Gophers topped the Aggies in Las Cruces, N.M. His punt return came with 1:22 left in the first half and gave Minnesota a 27-7 halftime lead.
Jones' punt return came on the heels of a spectacular season debut on Aug. 29 when he sparked the Gophers to a 51-23 win against UNLV with a 98-yard kickoff return to begin the second half.
Jones now has one career punt return for a touchdown on six career returns and two career kickoff returns for touchdowns on 22 career returns. He leads the Gophers in all-purpose yardage, averaging 115.5 yards per game.
Jones, who shared this week's honor with Purdue kick returner Akeem Hunt, is the first Gopher to be recognized as the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week since Jordan Wettstein was honored on Oct. 31, 2011.
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