ROLLA, Mo. – The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced today that Missouri S&T running back Deshawn Jones (Olympia Fields, IL/Rich Central) was among six student-athletes in the conference named as the scholar-athletes of the year for the 2017 fall semester.
Jones, who earned All-America honors on the field as well as being named Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America in 2017, was the selection in football as student-athletes from league's six championship sports during the fall season were named.
Following a record setting 2017 campaign that also saw him nominated for the Harlon Hill Award, Jones was selected to the NCAA Division II All-America second team by the Associated Press and honorable mention on the D2Football.com team.
Jones led the GLVC in rushing with a school record 1,579 yards and 16 touchdowns this season and was a unanimous pick to the first team following a year in which his rushing total also ranked third in NCAA Division II during the regular season. The 1,579 yards – the most in a regular season in GLVC history – also included a school and league record 275 yards in a win over Saint Francis (Ill.) in October.
He became the first player in GLVC history to rush for over 100 yards against every GLVC team during a season and finished the year by clearing the 100-yard mark in each of the Miners' final nine games. Jones also had a 211-yard performance against McKendree and ran for 191 in the season finale against Quincy among his five games with at least 150 yards on the year.
In that season finale, Jones broke the school's single game record by rushing for five touchdowns – all of which came in the first half of that contest.
Jones was also named to the NCAA Division II Collegiate Commissioners Association's all-region first team for Super Region 3 and was selected in December to the College Sports Information Directors of America's Academic All-America second team. He is majoring in biological sciences at Missouri S&T.
The other GLVC scholar-athlete selections for the fall season included three from Bellarmine University – Erin Crone in women's cross country, Taylor Smith in women's soccer and Jordyn Kuchenbrod in volleyball – as well as Southern Indiana's Austin Nolan in men's cross country and Lewis' Nico Mueller in men's soccer.