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WCU’s Jones on Stats Perform FCS Preseason All-America Team


By Daniel Hooker

Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations


Western Carolina football sophomore Calvin Jones was today listed on the Stats Perform FCS Preseason All-America team. Jones was selected to the third team as a kick returner after pacing the Southern Conference in that statistical category a season ago.

Jones, a second-team preseason All-SoCon selection at return specialist announced last week at the annual Southern Conference Media Day, was among 13 players from the conference to earn a selection on the Stats Perform FCS 2022 Preseason All-America team. Five from the SoCon landed on the first team, followed by four on the second and four on the third team.

A product of Forest City, N.C., Jones collected second-team postseason All-Southern Conference plaudits as a kick returner as a second-year freshman in 2021 after leading the SoCon with a 31.1 yards per return average – the second-best overall average in the NCAA FCS, trailing just Isaiah Bolden of Jackson State (16-for-591, 36.9 avg). Jones was dubbed a Freshman All-American by HERO Sports and twice honored by Phil Steele as a first-team All-America kick returner and a third-team wide receiver selection.

Jones amassed 1,254 all-purpose yards in 2021 including 651 receiving, 590 on kickoff returns, and 13 yards rushing over 11 games played for an average of 114.0 yards per game, fifth in the league.

Western Carolina football reports for its 2022 preseason fall camp on Wednesday, Aug. 3, with the first helmet-only team practice slated for Thursday, Aug. 4. WCU will put on shoulder pads for the first time on Saturday, Aug. 6, with the first practice in full pads set for Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Season tickets and game day parking for Western Carolina’s 2022 home schedule are on sale now through the Catamount Athletics ticket office, located on the first floor of the Ramsey Center, by phone at (828) 227-2401, or online at www.CatamountSports.com/BuyTickets. Single-game tickets for each of WCU’s five home games go on sale on Wednesday, Aug. 3 through each of the same outlets.

Keep track of everything related to Catamount football and WCU Athletics through its social media outlets on Facebook (FB.com/CatamountSports, FB.com/WesternCarolinaFootball), Twitter (@catamounts, @CatamountsFB), and Instagram (wcu_catamounts, catamountsfb).

Important Dates in Catamount Athletics & Catamount Football:

Wednesday, Aug. 3 – Catamount Football student-athletes report for fall camp

Wednesday, Aug. 3 – 2022 Western Carolina single-game tickets and game day parking go on sale

Thursday, Aug. 4 – First scheduled practice of the 2022 preseason (helmet only)

Thursday, Aug. 11 – Catamount Women’s Soccer Exhibition – vs. App State (CAC, 7 p.m.)

Saturday, Aug. 13 – Catamount Women’s Soccer Exhibition – vs. Lees McRae (CAC, 4 p.m.)

Friday, Aug. 19 – WCU Freshman Convocation (Ramsey Center)

Saturday, Aug. 20 – Catamount Volleyball Exhibition – vs. Anderson (Ramsey Center, 6 p.m.)

Monday, Aug. 23 – First day of classes for the fall semester – Cullowhee

Thursday, Aug. 25 – Catamount Women’s Soccer – Home Opener vs. Clemson (CAC, 7 p.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 3 – 2022 Catamount Football season opener at Charleston Southern (Noon)

Friday, Sept. 16 – The Bob Waters Memorial – Maggie Valley Club – Maggie Valley, N.C.

Saturday, Sept. 17 – 2022 Catamount Football home-opener, vs. Presbyterian (3:30 pm)

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