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Tommy Jones to join Gile & Roughnecks

June 19, 2008 - Intense Football League (Intense) - West Texas Roughnecks News Release

The Odessa Roughnecks proudly announced the return of quarterback Tommy Jones today. Jones will join the team tomorrow night and is expected to play a portion of the game behind Dennis Gile this Saturday as the Roughnecks host the visiting Fairbanks Grizzlies.

At 6' 3" tall and 230 lbs, Coach Williams had this to say about today's signing, "Tommy is a phenomenal athlete and great leader and we are very pleased that he is returning. With both Tommy and Dennis in the line up, I expect great things for our team down the stretch." Jones makes his third trip to the Roughnecks after playing two regular season games and participating in the playoffs last season and starting every game during the 2006 season including leading Odessa to their first Intense Bowl Championship. Most recently, Jones lead the Mississippi MudCats of the American Indoor Football Association to a 11-1 record through 12 games this season and a 12-2 record with a deep playoff run during the 2007 season.

Jones has also been active in higher leagues since graduating from Indiana University five years ago. " I am thrilled to be in a place where I have stability and there are great coaches." Remarked Jones, " I am here to help win football games and assist the team in any way I can off the field."

2005 - Columbus Destroyers, Arena Football League, Signed on March 14, 2005

2004 - Calgary Stampeders, Canadian Football League, Signed on May 19, 2004 Appeared in eight games overall, starting six ... Threw for 1237 yards and 7 touchdowns ... Completed 52% of his passes ... Rushed for 147 yards on only 18 carries with 2 rushing touchdowns ... passed for 284 yards going 28 of 50 in his first professional start against Ottawa... followed with 4 passing touchdowns in his second start against Winnipeg. Was also invited to private workouts with both the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills of the NFL along with the Columbus Destroyers and Nashville Kats of the AFL and the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos & Saskatchewan Roughriders.

2003 - Cincinnati Bengals, Signed on May 12, 2003 Participated in teams passing camp, mini-camp, and training camp... Cut on August 25, 2003 in reduction to 65-man roster level.

1999- 2003 Indiana University Hoosiers

2003 - Completed 75 of 152 passes for 879 yards and 9 touchdowns in 7 total games as starting QB.

2002 - Opened the season as the starting quarterback against N.C. State completing 18 of 31 passes for 163 yards.

2001 - In limited action, completed 6 of 16 passes for 57 yards against N.C. State, Northwestern, Mich., & Penn State.

2000 - Played in three contests and completed 4 of 9 passes for 77 yards, including a 47 yard completion at Wisconsin.

1999 - Redshirted.

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