Braden Jones
    Braden Jones


    Harrisburg, Ill.

    High School:

    Height / Weight:
    6-4 / 260



    Granted a sixth year of eligibility to play football...If he stays healthy, could be the team's top, receiving threat...Athletic and intelligent...After racking up 115 career tackles in two seasons as a starting outside linebacker at Northwestern, he transferred to SIU in 2005...Physically, he's the complete package at tight end.

    2005: Injuries limited him to 11 games, but he caught 16 passes, including two touchdowns...An excellent special teams player who blocked two kicks (at SEMO and at Western Kentucky) and returned a fumble for a TD (SEMO)...Named special teams player-of-the-week against SEMO.

    2004: Enrolled at Northwestern University but did not play football.

    2003: Academic All-Big Ten...Started two games and recorded 39 tackles...Had a season-high seven tackles each against Duke and Indiana...Played in the Motor City Bowl against Bowling Green.

    2002: Academic All-Big Ten...Started nine games and finished fourth on the team in tackles (76)...Had a career-high 11 tackles against Purdue...Missed one game with a bruised shoulder.

    2001: Redshirted.

    High School: Southern Illinois Player-of-the-Year...SuperPrep All-Midwest Region...Named all-state by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Illinois Football Coaches Association...Led team to a 14-0 record and 3A state title his senior year...Played RB, WR, TE and S...Second in state in long jump (22'-10").

    Worth Knowing: Born on April 20, 1983...Son of Dr. Larry and Janet Jones...Majoring in biological sciences.