63 Days to Miami football: K.C. Jones All-American center

28 Sep 1996: Mandatory Credit: Zoran Milich /Allsport
28 Sep 1996: Mandatory Credit: Zoran Milich /Allsport /

K.C. Jones was a three-time All-Big East selection and All-American as a center for the Miami football program from 1992-96. After redshirting as a freshman, Jones became a starter.

K.C. Jones was an elite center for the Miami football program from 1992-96. Following a redshirt season as a true freshman, Jones became a starter. Jones was All-Big East his final three seasons for the Hurricanes and an All-American as a senior in 1996. Jones signed with Miami after earning all-state honors from Midland, Texas.

During his redshirt junior season in 1995, Jones was named all Big East despite missing six games, half the season, with a knee injury. Jones redshirt senior season in 1996, the nation began to notice. Jones was a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy awarded to the best interior lineman nationally and the Lombardi Trophy.

The Lombard Trophy awards the best offensive or defensive lineman in college football. In his three seasons anchoring the offensive line, the Miami football team finished 36-11. Miami averaged at least 26.7 points per game in the four seasons Jones was a starter. In 1994, Miami averaged 30.4 PPG, 22nd nationally.

According to his University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame profile, Jones was equally adept in run or pass protection. His speed and quickness were his biggest physical traits. Jones was a fierce competitor with an outstanding commitment, pride and work ethic. Jones signed as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos.

Jones would play five seasons in Denver where he grew up until he was eight. Jones played on the Broncos  Super Bowl XXXIII and XXXIV title teams. Jones was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and was President of the UM Sports Hall of Fame from 2013 to 2015.

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Jones is one of numerous Miami football All-Americans on the offensive line and a handful at center. Jones continued the tradition of great Miami centers like Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Otto and was followed by Brett Romberg in the early 2000s. K.C. Jones is the best number 63 in Miami football history.