PIKVILLE, Ky. – Former University of Kentucky football star David Jones will be awarded with the Community Trust Bank/WYMT-TV Pike County Bowl legends award to be presented during halftime of the 30th annual Pike County Bowl game.
Community Trust Bank and partner WYMT bestow the award to candidates who best personify the spirit of community and leadership throughout the area. Last year the award was dedicated to the memory of Brett Coleman, a war veteran who tragically was killed in action in Afghanistan during the war.
“It is an unbelievable honor to receive this award, I am really grateful to have been considered and to even be mentioned within the same sentence as last year’s winner Brett Coleman who gave up his life for his country, that to me is a real hero,” said Jones.
Jones is an assistant coach for the Belfry High School football program and holds an annual football camp each year to provide area children with an opportunity to receive top level training close to home. Jones was a former Belfry High School football standout and helped push the Pirates to back –to-back class 2A state championships back in 2003 and 2004. Jones’s performance won him the Most Valuable Player award in the 2003 state championship game when he rushed for 202 yards.
As a senior at Belfry High School Jones rushed 170 times for 1,805 yards and scored 29 touchdowns and averaged 10.6 yards per carry. Jones was chosen as first team All-State by The Associated Press and The Courier-Journal out of Louisville and was listed in the top 22 senior football players in the state of Kentucky by The Lexington-Herald.
After high school Jones continued his football career at the University of Kentucky. David was recruited by former Wildcat head coach Rich Brooks and Wide Receivers head coach Joker Phillips and was given a full scholarship to play for Kentucky. Jones was named to the All-SEC team as a true freshman for kick returning. Jones had some big games throughout his time as a Wildcat including a second half 99 yard kickoff return for a touchdown during the 2009 Liberty Bowl against East Carolina.
Jones was drafted but the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent in 2009 but ultimately decided he wanted to return home to coach area children and help build up the community that gave him his shot at football glory.
Brett Keene, a member of the Pike county Bowl committee, said “David Jones is one of the most successful football players ever to play in eastern Kentucky, he played in the bowl as a player before he went on to play for UK, Community Trust Bank and the Pike County Bowl Committee are pleased to recognize his accomplishments and honor Jones with the Legends award, He’s earned it.”
The Pike County Bowl has raised over $700,000 throughout its 30 year history. The games are always a great way to kick off the Kentucky high school football season and helps area teams and coaches financially in preparation for the upcoming season.
Jones said “I really want to thank God and Community Trust Bank and WYMT for this nomination, the Pike County Bowl is such a huge help to all the area teams and provides so much for the surrounding community, this is a really great thing to be a part of.”
The Pike County Bowl is scheduled for Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29.
(WilliamPlaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext.2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)