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South Alabama's Jeremé Jones Selected To Wear Honorary #5 Jersey

Senior wide receiver Jeremé Jones earned the honor to wear the #5 jersey for his senior season in honor of the late Anthony Mostella.

Mitch Stringer

Mostella died in a motorcycle accident on June 13, 2010. He played for coach Joey Jones at Birmingham-Southern and at South Alabama. The two, player and coach, were very close. Within days of Jones being named the first head coach at South Alabama, Jones began receiving calls from Mostella, and he knew what he wanted to talk about.

Persistence paid off and after about three months the two finally talked. It was not the case that Jones did not want Mostella to play for him, it was Jones did not want to hurt Birmingham-Southern, a team he had restarted from nothing. But Mostella pleaded his case and finally sealed it with "Coach, I just want to play for you."

Instead of retiring the number, Coach Jones chose to honor his memory by awarding the honor of wearing his number to a senior who exemplifies the leadership and toughness that Anthony exhibited both on and off the field. Jeremé is the fifth Jaguar to wear the #5 jersey in honor of Anthony in his fifth and final season of eligibility.

Jeremé gray shirted and joined the team January of 2010 while the team was unclassified, which allowed any player on the team who had not already taken a redshirt season to play their redshirt year, in essence allowing them to play five years of collegiate football.

In his freshman season, he finished third on the team in receptions with 15 catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns. He was also the team's leading punt returner with 213 yards on 11 returns with a touchdown.

His redshirt freshman season in 2011, he had two starts in his nine appearances for the Jaguars. Again he was third on the team in receptions with 21 catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns. He also finished second on the team with 584 all-purpose yards.

His breakout season came in his sophomore season in 2012 as he played in all 13 games and set school-records with 45 catches with seven touchdowns and 513 yards while finishing second on the team in all-purpose yards with 631.

As a Junior he started 10 games but appeared in all 12 games while finishing third on the team with 40 catches, 457 yards receiving and three touchdowns. He had multiple catches in every games last season. Jeremé also has a streak of 39-consecutive games with a catch dating back redshirt freshman season.

At 5-foot-8 and 167-pounds, Jeremé may not be the tallest receiver on the team, but he caught the attention of Mike Huguenin of NFL.com and was selected for this "14 for '14 Most Freakish Athletes in College Football" back in May.

Despite Jones' size he squats 545-pounds, bench presses 365-pounds and hang cleans 335-pounds. Meanwhile he runs a 4.48 40-yard dash, can vertical jump 37.5 inches, broad jumps 10-feet-1 and reportedly has 7.5% body fat.