Donald Jones, Brandian Ross Have Successful NFL Campaigns

WR Donald Jones and CB Brandian Ross
WR Donald Jones and CB Brandian Ross

Former Youngstown State football standouts WR Donald Jones (Buffalo Bills) and CB Brandian Ross (Oakland Raiders) combined to play in 26 games during the 2012 campaign in the NFL.

Ross, who played for the Penguins from 2007-10, made his first career start this past Sunday for the Raiders against the San Diego Chargers. Against the Chargers he had five total tackles, including four solo stops.

For the season, Ross was credited with 20 tackles, including 17 solo stops. In the final three games, he combined for 14 stops. He had five against San Diego, five against the Carolina Panthers and four in a win over the Kansas City Chiefs. He also recorded three tackles against the Cleveland Browns earlier in the season.

It was his first year in the organization after spending the 2011 campaign on the practice squad at Green Bay.

Jones, who completed his third campaign with the Bills, had career highs in receptions, yards, touchdowns and receptions for first downs. He finished the year playing in 12 games finishing with 41 receptions, 443 yards, four touchdowns and 25 catches for first downs. He averaged 10.8 yards per reception with a season-long grab of 68 against the New England Patriots, the top team in the AFC.

Jones had touchdown receptions against Tennessee and the New York Jets while hauling two scoring grabs against the Patriots.

He had receptions in 12 games with multiple catches in nine games. In the game against New England he had eight grabs for 164 yards, averaging 20.5 yards per catch.