Jan. 23, 2012
MOBILE, Ala. - Former Cal football wide receiver Marvin Jones has accepted an invitation to play in the 2012 Senior Bowl. Jones will join Golden Bear teammate offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz to become the 31st and 32nd Cal players to play in the event (see complete list below). Linebacker Mychal Kendricks had earlier accepted an invitation for this year's contest but will not be participating.
The 63rd version of the annual game that showcases college football's top seniors is scheduled to be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday, Jan. 28 (3 p.m. CT/1 p.m. PT). NFL Network will televise the contest live and also beginning Monday, Jan. 23, will provide coverage of all practices leading up to the contest.
"It is a great honor to be in this game, representing not only myself, but the University of California," Jones said. "To play amongst the best of the best in this year's class while being coached by some of the best coaches in the league adds a great deal of excitement."
Jones was one of the most prolific receivers in Cal history, playing in 43 games during his four seasons in Berkeley (2008-11) and making 38 starts by starting all of the team's games over his final three campaigns. He finished his career among Cal's all-time leaders in receiving yards (2,260, 6th), 100-yard receiving games (6, T6th), receptions (156, T7th) and receiving touchdowns (13, T8th). He also ranks tied for seventh on Cal's single-game receptions list with the 12 he recorded as a junior at Nevada. Jones led Cal in both receptions and receiving yards in 2009 and `10 as well as in touchdown receptions as a 2009 sophomore. He also finished with 11 rushes for 116 yards (10.5 ypr), 14 punt returns for 102 yards, 86 points, 2,488 all-purpose yards (116 rush, 2,270 receiving, 102 punt return) and four tackles.
In his final collegiate season in 2011, Jones recorded career highs in receptions (62) and receiving yards (846), both second on the club behind Keenan Allen, while starting and making at least one catch in all 13 games to extend his streak to the final 38 games of his career. Jones earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors and also picked up a spot on the ESPN.com Pac-12 Blog's all-underrated team as a senior. He added three touchdown catches to rank tied for second on the team, an average of 13.6 yards per catch that was the second-highest among the team's regular receivers and 866 all-purpose yards (22 rush, 758 receiving, 86 punt return) to rank third on the club. His final per-game averages registered ninth in the Pac-12 in receiving yards (65.08, 73rd NCAA) and 13th in receptions (4.77, T80th NCAA). Jones registered a season-high eight catches for 88 yards in the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas and caught seven passes for a season-high 123 yards and a touchdown against Presbyterian, including a season long catch of 51 yards. He had the first of his two 100-yard receiving games in the season opener vs. Fresno State, making five receptions for 118 yards and a career-high-tying two touchdowns while earning honorable mention Wide Receiver Performer of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards.
Jones graduated in three and a half years at Cal, picking up his bachelor's degree in African American studies in December of 2011.
The Senior Bowl is college football's premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the nation's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention.
Tickets for the 2012 Senior Bowl are currently available for purchase at the Senior Bowl ticket office (151 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Ala.), all Mobile-area Food For Less locations, select Regions Bank locations, online at seniorbowl.com or by calling (251) 432-4109. For more information on the 2012 Senior Bowl please visit the bowl's website at seniorbowl.com. Cal football will return to a renovated Memorial Stadium in 2012, opening its season at home against Nevada on Saturday, Sept. 1. The Bears' seven-game home slate will also feature Pac-12 contests against Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, Washington and UCLA, as well as a non-conference tilt against Southern Utah. The Bears have road trips to Ohio State, Oregon State, USC, Utah and Washington State.
For more information on the stadium and season-ticket options for 2012, visit CaliforniaMemorialStadium.com.
ALL-TIME CALIFORNIA PLAYERS IN SENIOR BOWL (32)