Zay Jones Breaks FBS Record for Most Career Receptions: Latest Details, Reaction

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2016

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 22: Zay Jones #7 of the East Carolina Pirates carries the ball during the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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During Saturday's game against Navy, East Carolina wide receiver Zay Jones broke the NCAA FBS all-time record for receptions with his 388th career catch, according to Josh Graham of IBX Media:

Josh Graham @_JoshDGraham

With 388 catches, Zay Jones is now the NCAA FBS's all-time leader for career receptions. https://t.co/qcsF0SraKN

It broke the mark set by Justin Hardy in 2014, who also played for East Carolina. 

East Carolina tweeted this video congratulating its receiver:

ECU Football @ECUPiratesFB

THAT'S IT! Zay Jones is the All Time Receptions Leader. Congrats @ZayJones7 @biletnikoffawrd @HeismanTrophy @adidasFballUS https://t.co/P8zbcT8WeX

Jones is in the midst of his finest year as a collegiate receiver, with 148 receptions for 1,599 yards—which leads the nation—and seven touchdowns. He was burning Navy on Saturday to the tune of nine catches for 126 yards and a touchdown before halftime. 

All of East Carolina's opponents this year have felt Jones' wrath, though, as he hasn't had fewer than seven receptions in a game. Among those performances was a 22-catch, 190-yard night against South Carolina in September. 

He's put up 115 yards or more in nine games this season and 150 yards on five occasions, as his numbers have only improved the older he's gotten:

East Carolina has begun to build a reputation of developing some all-time great collegiate receivers, as Jones' and Hardy's career reception marks are far and away the most in FBS history. 

Ryan Broyles, who played at Oklahoma from 2008 to 2011, is in third with 349 receptions. 


Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com



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