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Bolingbrook's Devonte Jones goes out on high note with Illinois Wesleyan football

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 2:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:58 p.m. CDT
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Devonte Jones encounters a host of Wheaton College tacklers in an Oct. 26 game. This season Jones, a Bolingbrook graduate, became just the third Illinois Wesleyan University running back to top 1,000 yards. Photo provided by Illinois Wesleyan University
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(Illinois Wesleyan University photo by Marc Featherly)
Illinois Wesleyan University's Devonte Jones fields a kickoff in the Titans' Division III playoff game against Wartburg Nov. 23. Jones had one of the best seasons by an IWU running back this fall. Photo provided by Illinois Wesleyan University/Marc Featherly

BLOOMINGTON – Former Bolingbrook High School football player Devonte Jones closed out his college career at Illinois Wesleyan University in stellar fashion this fall.

The 5-foot-9, 200-pound running back became only the third Titans player in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Jones finished the 2013 campaign with 1,035 yards on 179 carries in 11 games, ranking him second all-time. Kurt Swearingen set the school record of 1,079 yards in 1977.

Jones did set an Illinois Wesleyan single-season record with 604 kick return yards, averaging 30.2 yards per attempt. He rattled off a 91-yard kickoff return in the season opener against Aurora.

He also added 11 catches for 74 yards and a score and finished the year with nine total touchdowns.

The top individual game effort for the senior came against Millikin, where he compiled 226 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries. He also totaled 166 yards and two scores against North Park and went over the 100-yard plateau against both Aurora and Alma College.

For his accomplishments, Jones was selected as the Most Valuable Player on offense for the Titans. He also was named to the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin all-conference first team.

On Monday, Jones was also picked to the 2013 All-North Region Second Team by D3football.com.

As a junior, Jones gained 455 yards on 100 carries to go along with six touchdowns.

Illinois Wesleyan finished the year with a record of 9-2, losing 41-7 to Wartburg in the opening round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.

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