A solid hitter, Clay Jones returns for his senior season and is the front-runner to win the starting job at first base, a position he shared with Wes Henderson last season ... the senior can hit for average and power and is coming off an excellent summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League ... he hit .336 in the wooden bat league with two doubles and 16 RBI ... led the Vermont Mountaineers in on-base percentage (.442) and walks (20) ... also ranked second in hitting (.336) and third in hits (40) and RBI (16) ... coming off a solid junior season, where he hit .336 with seven home runs and 37 RBI in 41 games ... one of UA's top pinch hitters with a .571 (4-for-7) average with one home run and three RBI ... named Most Valuable Player of the 2009 Whataburger Classic ... batted .444 (4-for-9) with a home run and eight RBI in two starts ... season-high five RBI against Texas Pan American on March 6 ... went 3-for-6 with three RBI against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on March 7 ... a talented and highly decorated junior college hitter, who played on back-to-back National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series teams in 2007 and 2008 at Shelton State Community College ... during his junior college career, Jones played in 124 games at Shelton State and batted .394 (172 for 436) with 18 home runs and 118 RBI ... averaged 1.39 hits and 0.95 RBI per game during his JuCo career ... also added 106 runs scored, 37 doubles and three triples ... posted 50 multi-hit games and 31 multi-RBI games in his career ... named MVP of 2007 and 2008 Alabama State Tournament ... played in 13 career state tournament games ... batted .444 (24 for 54) with 15 runs scored, four doubles, one triple and six RBI ... had 10 multi-hit games in 13 state tournament games ... also played in nine career World Series games ... batted .434 (14 for 32) with seven runs scored, two doubles, one home run and 13 RBI ... posted three multi-hit and three multi-RBI games in the JuCO World Series ... named to the 2007 NJCAA World Series All-Tournament Team ... a first-team All-State performer at Bibb County High School, where he led his team to back-to-back area championships (2005 and 2006) and set the all-time hits record at the school ... his younger brother Ben is a sophomore and starting offensive lineman at Georgia.
2009 SUMMER BASEBALL:
Played this summer for the Vermont Mountaineers in the New England Collegiate Baseball League ... led the Mountaineers to a 20-19 overall record and third place finish in the Western Division standings ... started 33 games and hit .336 (40-for-119) with two home runs and 21 RBI ... also added four doubles, 16 runs scored and 20 walks ... led team with .442 on-base mark and 20 walks ... ranked second in hitting (.336) and third in hits (40) and RBI (16) ... named to NECBL All-Star Team ... helped Vermont to a 4-0 record in the Western Division playoffs and berth in championship series with Eastern Division winner Newport ... in seven playoff games, Jones hit .333 (8-24) with two home runs and three RBI ... also added one double and scored five runs.
CAREER POSTSEASON NOTES:
Jones started all four postseason games in 2009, including two SEC Tournament game and two NCAA Regional games ... he was 2-for-14 (.143) in those four games, including doubles in back-to-back games against Oklahoma State (May 29) and Tennessee Tech (May 30) at the Clemson Regional ... he was 0-for-6 in two SEC Tournament starts against South Carolina (May 20) and LSU (May 21).
Jones was an excellent role player for the Tide ... played in 41 games for the Tide ... started 33 games at first base (23) and DH (10) ... hit .336 (43-for-128) with seven home runs and 37 RBI ... also added seven doubles and scored 25 runs ... tallied 13 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games ... also an excellent pinch-hitter, going 4-for-7 (.571) with one home run and three RBI ... he hit .318 (14-for-44) in 16 SEC games with one home run and seven RBI ... had four multi-hit games and one multi-RBI game in league play ... hitting .143 (3-for-21) in his last six games ... made his Alabama debut against SE Missouri State on Feb. 20 ... collected two hits and swatted first career home run against SEMO on Feb. 21 ... named Most Valuable Player of the 2009 Whataburger Classic ... batted .444 (4-for-9) with a home run and eight RBI in two starts ... season-high five RBI against Texas Pan American on March 6 ... went 3-for-6 with three RBI against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on March 7 ... slugged pinch-hit, two-run home run against Alabama A&M on March 17 ... leading hitter against Mississippi Valley State and Troy ... batted .667 (6-for-9) against MVSU with home run and six RBI ... hit .625 (5-for-8) against Troy with home run and three RBI ... went 4-for-4 with home run and three RBI in UA's 22-4 win over Troy on April 7 ... went 4-for-5 with four RBI in 10-1 win over MVSU on April 14 ... had three hits, including two doubles, at Samford on April 15 ... went 2-for-3 with home run and two RBI in win over South Alabama on April 29 ... posted season-high eight-game RBI streak from April 5-29 ... had two hits and scored two runs in 17-16 win over Mississippi State on May 2 ... hit go-ahead solo home run against Arkansas on May 10 ... recorded two hits in series opening win over No. 11 Arkansas on May 8 ... he was Alabama's leading hitter in the three-game exhibition series against Cuba ... in two starts at first base, Jones hit .500 (3 for 6) in the series with one run scored and one walk ... went 2 for 2 with one run scored and one walk in his debut on Dec. 17 ... went 1-for-4 in series finale ... recorded 19 putouts in two games at first base.
SOPHOMORE (2008 - Shelton State CC):
Played in 64 games and made 62 starts for Shelton State Community College ... played for Coach Bobby Sprowl ... led team in 13 offensive categories ... batted .412 (93 for 226) with 12 home runs and 62 RBI ... also had 59 runs scored and added 21 doubles, one triple and 42 walks ... posted a .673 slugging percentage and .513 on-base mark ... recorded 27 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI games ... ranked among conference leaders in slugging percentage (9th), total bases per game (2.375, 10th), hitting (12th), hits per game (1.453, 14th), home runs per game (1.88, 14th), doubles per game (0.328, 17th) and RBI per game (0.953, 21st) ... led the Bucs to a 48-19 overall record, including 22-8 conference record ... member of second straight Alabama Junior College State championship team and Northern Division Conference championship squad ... led the Bucs to a runner up finish at the 2008 NJCAAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. ... recorded five four-hit games, including back-to-back four-hit games against Meridian (April 21) and Marion Military Institute (April 22) ... best game of the season came against MMI, when he went 4 for 6 with career-best three home runs and nine RBI in the Bucs win ... played in eight games at Alabama State Tournament ... batted .455 (15 for 33) with eight runs scored, four doubles, one triple and two RBI ... tallied six multi-hit games, including five in a row to close out the tournament ... named Most Valuable Player after leading Bucs to second straight title ... hit .267 (4 for 15) in five NJCAA World Series games with three runs scored and four RBI.
FRESHMAN (2007 - Shelton State CC):
As a freshman, Jones made an immediate impact on a Shelton State team that captured the 2007 Alabama State Junior College Championship and advanced to the 2008 NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., ... in 60 games, he batted .376 (79 for 210) with six home runs and 57 RBI ... also tallied 47 runs scored and added 16 doubles and two triples ... named first-team All-American by American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) ... ranked among conference leaders in RBI per game (0.950, 14th), total bases per game (1.95, 19th), slugging percentage (.557, 22nd) and home runs per game (0.10, 23rd) ... tallied 23 multi-hit games and 17 multi-RBI games ... went 4-for-6 with a double, home run and three RBI against Gadsden State on April 6 ... scored career-high for runs against Calhoun CC on April 15 ... played five games at Alabama State Tournament ... went 9 for 21 (.429) and scored seven runs en route to being named Most Valuable Player at 2007 Alabama State Tournament ... led Bucs to first of two straight state titles ... also posted four multi-hit games ... batted .588 (10 for 17) in the NJCAA World Series with one home run and nine RBI ... named to 2007 NJCAA All-World Series Team ... went 4 for 5 with three runs scored and a three-run home run against Iowa Western at NJCAA World Series ... tallied three multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games in the tournament.
A 2006 graduate of Bibb County High School ... played for Coach Darrell Hobson ... led team to back-to-back area championships in 2005 and 2006 ... named First-Team Class 4A All-State by The Birmingham News and Alabama Sports Writer's Association (ASWA) ... set Bibb County records for career hits ... named to Lion's Club East-West All-Star Game ... drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 36th round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft ... also played football, where he was an honorable mention All-State selection in 2004 ... named Valedictorian of his senior class and served a National Junior Honor Society President and class president in 2005 and 2006.
Full name is Clay Hilburn Jones ... son of Vickie Jones and the late Stephen Jones ... his father was killed in a 1999 helicopter crash while working for the state of Alabama Forestry Department ... has one younger brother, Ben, who is a sophomore starting offensive lineman at the University of Georgia.