(WTNH)–There’s no other way to say it: UConn was pathetic on the football field last season.
But one of its players, cornerback Byron Jones, has become the talk of the NFL Combine after stunning scouts with his athleticism on Monday.
The New Britain native shattered the combine record for broad jump, leaping 12 feet, 3 inches, which is eight inches further than anyone else had ever jumped (the previous record was 11’7).
His leap may also have been a world record, as it was 0.02 meters longer than Norwegian Arne Tvervaag’s 3.71-meter jump in 1968 (which Wikipedia lists as the best all-time).
Jones’ jump was also more a foot longer than Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (who lept 11 feet in 2013), and Goodwin was an Olympic long jumper. The 6-1, 199-pound Jones also posted a high jump of 44.5 inches, which was a half-inch shy of the best mark at the combine this year. Jones wasn’t a highly-rated prospect coming into the combine, but his performance on Monday may end up vaulting him into the second or third round…if not the first. https://vine.co/v/OQIhr1QhXTX/embed/simple
Look at that jump—man, where were Jim Calhoun and Kevin Ollie when this dude was on campus?!
Jones played in just seven games for the Huskies last year before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. He finished with 24 tackles, two interceptions and four pass breakups. He also returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown against South Florida.
Too bad it didn’t result in more wins for Bob Diaco and company. But hey, if this whole football thing doesn’t work out for Byron, he can always go try out for the U.S. Olympic team.
Or maybe he can find some basketball eligibility.