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Donnie Jones biography

Date of birth : 1980-07-05
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-12-27
Credited as : Football player NFL, punter for the St. Louis Rams, Pro Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Donnie Jones is an American football punter for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League.

Pro Highlights:
Signed as a restricted free agent by St. Louis (4/25/07)…signed to the active roster from the practice squad by Miami (9/10/05)…signed to the practice squad by Miami (9/5/05)…acquired by Miami via waivers from Seattle (7/25/05)…signed to the practice squad by Seattle (11/25/04)…signed to the active roster from the practice squad by Seattle (10/30/04)…signed to the practice squad by Seattle (10/27/04)…signed to the active roster from the practice squad by Seattle (10/23/04)…signed to the practice squad by Seattle (10/21/04)…signed to the active roster from the practice squad by Seattle (10/15/04)…signed to the practice squad by Seattle (9/7/04)…selected by Seattle in the seventh round (224th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft (4/25/04).

PRO:
Left-footed punter joined the Rams in 2007 as a restricted free agent from Miami…has played in 70 career games…totaled 359 punts for 16,239 yards for a 45.2-yard gross average and a 38.5-yard net average…has placed 103 punts inside the 20 and has career-long of 80 yards… Second-team All-Pro selection in 2008 by the Associated Press…50.0-yard gross average in 2008 ranks second in NFL history…career gross average of 45.2 yards stands second in NFL history (minimum of 250 punts)…owns four of the Rams’ top five single-game punting performances in team history…31 punts inside the 20 in 2005 ranked second in the NFL and first in Miami Dolphins history.

2008 SEASON: Second-team All-Pro selection by the Associated Press…finished season with a 50.0-yard gross average, registering 4,100 yards on 82 punts…average stands as the Rams franchise record for a single season, breaking his previous mark of 47.2 set in 2007…became only the second player in NFL history to record a 50.0-yard gross punting average, joining Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh who averaged 51.4 yards (1,799 yards on 35 punts) in 1940…had nine games with at least a 50-yard average…posted a 41.1-yard net average, second highest in NFL history, and became the only player in NFL history to have a 50.0-yard gross average and a 40.0-plus yard net average…finished the season leading the NFL in gross punting average, second in the NFL in net punting average…Week 1 at Philadelphia (9/7): Punted 10 times for 485 yards for a 48.5-yard average, setting a career high in yards and tying a career high in punts…10 punts ties Sean Landeta for the most punts in a game since the team moved to St. Louis in 1995…485 punting yards in one game are the most by a Rams punter since the team moved to St. Louis…Week 2 vs. New York (9/14): Punted six times for 334 yards and a 55.7-yard average and recorded one special teams tackle…55.7-yard punting average is the fourth-highest by a Rams’ punter in a single game…Week 3 at Seattle (9/21): Punted four times for 218 yards and a 54.5-yard average…net average of 49.5 yards is the highest in Rams history…Week 4 vs. Buffalo (9/28): Punted five times for a career-high 56.2-yard average,the highest single-game punting average in Rams history, breaking his own record set in 2007.

2007 SEASON: Established then highest punting average for a single season in Rams’ history, punting 78 times for a 47.2-yard punting average…broke Danny Villanueva’s record 45.5-yard punting average set in 1962…net average of 39.3 yards was the best in Rams’ history since 1970…finished the season ranked second in the NFC, third in the NFL in punting average…ranked second in the NFC, fourth in the NFL in net punting average…vs. Arizona (10/7): Punted four times for a 56.0-yard average, then the highest single-game punting average in Rams history, breaking Jack Jacobs’ record of 55.8-yard average at Detroit (9/27/42)…at Seattle (10/21): Punted six times for a 52.3-yard average…long punt of 80 yards marked a career-best and was the longest punt in team history since Bob Waterfield kicked one 86 yards at Green Bay (10/5/47).

2006 SEASON: Played in all 16 games for the Dolphins…punted 85 times for 3,640 yards for a 42.8-yard average and 35.7-yard net average with a career-long 64-yard punt…placed 28 punts inside the 20…vs. Tennessee (9/24): Produced then career-high 52.7-yard average on six punts for 316 yards with two punts inside the 20 and a long of 61 yards…at Buffalo (12/17): Punted a season-high eight times for 46.1-yard average with 39.8-yard net average…vs. New York Jets (12/25): Totaled career-high 10 punts for 427 yards with a long of 52 yards and two punts inside the 20.

2005 SEASON: Played in all 16 games in his first season with the Dolphins…hit 88 punts for a 43.5-yard average, and NFL-leading and Dolphins single-season record net average of 39.3 yards…31 punts inside the 20 ranked second in the AFC and was a Dolphins’ single-season record…also handled the placement duties during season…produced a four-game stretch, beginning vs. Carolina (9/25) and ending vs. Kansas City (10/21), in which he had a net average of 40.0 yards or better…vs. Kansas City (10/21): Punted eight times for a 45.9-yard average with a net of 43.5 yards and connected on a 60-yard punt for the first time in career…at Oakland (11/27): Averaged 51.3 yards on four punts and produced a season-high 47.0-yard net average, with three punts inside the 20…vs. Tennessee (12/24): Totaled a then career-high nine punts and hit a then career-long 63-yard punt.

2004 SEASON: Played in six games with the Seahawks in between stints on the practice squad…shared Seahawks punting duties with Tom Rouen and Ken Walter…punted 26 times for a 38.0-yard gross average with a net of 32.2, six punts inside the 20 and two touchbacks…vs. Carolina (10/31): Established a then season long 51-yard punt…at St. Louis (11/14): Punted three times for a 49.3-yard gross average and a net of 42.7 yards.

College Highlights:
Played in 49 games during four-year career at LSU…set school records with 233 punts for 9,798 yards…42.0 yard punting average ranks second in school history…placed 69 punts inside the 20 for the Tigers during career…hit a school-record 86-yard punt against Kentucky in his junior year…majored in finance.

Personal :
Earned All-State and All-District honors as a senior at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, La…averaged 43.4 yards on team that reached Class 5A semifinals…married to Aubrie with son, Weston.



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