Ben Jones (offensive lineman)
Jones in the 2012 NFL season.
|No. 60 Houston Texans|
|Position:||Center / Guard|
|Date of birth:||July 2, 1989|
|Place of birth:||Litchfield, Maine|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||303 lb (137 kg)|
|High school:||Centreville (AL) Bibb County|
|NFL draft:||2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 99|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
|Stats at NFL.com|
High school career
A native of Centreville, Alabama, Jones attended Bibb County High School, where he was a two-way lineman and team captain. He paved the way for running back Zac Stacy, who rushed for 1,666 yards and 24 TDs. Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Jones was listed as the No. 7 center prospect in his class. Despite living only an hour away from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Jones grew up a Georgia Bulldogs fan.
Jones became the Bulldogs starting center three games into his freshman season (at No. 24 Arizona State), after Chris Davis was moved to left guard. The centerpiece of a young offensive line, Jones helped protect quarterback Matthew Stafford, who threw for 3,459 yards (second most in school history) and 25 touchdowns (single-season record), while also clearing the way for running back Knowshon Moreno (1,400 rushing yards).
2012 NFL Draft
Jones was considered one of the top center prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft. Sports Illustrated ranked him second among center prospects, behind only Peter Konz. Jones was drafted in the fourth round by the Houston Texans. He was one of only three centers selected, besides Konz and David Molk.
Jones was expected to backup Pro Bowl center Chris Myers while also seeing time at guard. Starting in Week 7 of the 2012 NFL season, against the Baltimore Ravens, Jones became the starting right guard for the Texans.
- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com • ESPN • Pro-Football-Reference
- Houston Texans bio
- Georgia Bulldogs bio