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Quarterback Brian Jones Comes Back for 2005 Season

January 25, 2005 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Memphis Xplorers News Release

Southaven, MS-The af2 league office has re-assigned quarterback Brian Jones to the Memphis Xplorers.

Jones (6’2’’, 205 lbs.) was the starting quarterback for the Xplorers at the start of the 2004 season. After he injured his MCL, Jones was sidelined for the rest of the year.

In nine games with the Xplorers in 2004, Jones passed for 1,578 total yards, with 134 completions on 226 attempts, and ran 99 yards on 44 attempts. He threw 22 touchdown passes, and rushed for 12 more.

“Last season Brian Jones was starting to play football the way we knew he was capable of,” stated Xplorers Head Coach Danton Barto. “He unfortunately suffered an MCL injury that took him out of action for the second half of the season. Brian has since recovered from his injury, and we expect him to come back strong this season and compete for the starting quarterback position.”

Jones had his best game last season on the road against the Bakersfield Blitz, when he threw for 298 yards, six touchdowns, and also had a 27-yard touchdown run in a 72-51 win for the Xplorers.

Xplorers Director of Player Personnel Chris Bauer added his thoughts on Jones’ return. “Brian’s ability and Coach Barto’s tutelage last year should make him a bright young star in the af2 this season.”

Jones attended the University of Toledo, where his passer rating was ranked third highest in the nation during his senior season.

Memphis General Manager Nate Yoder had this to say about Jones being re-assigned to the Xplorers, “Brian is a great team leader, and a very talented running quarterback. We are very excited about Brian returning to this team and being a pivotal factor in bringing the Xplorers a championship.”

The Xplorers were ten game winners in their 2004 playoff season. For group and season ticket information call 662-393-3761. Memphis Xplorers Arena Football! Back in Black!

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