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Zay Jones breaks former ECU teammate’s FBS record for career receptions

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In 2014, Zay Jones watched as teammate Justin Hardy set an FBS record.  Two years later, Jones is the record-setter — at his former East Carolina teammate’s expense.

With his eighth catch of the day in the game against Navy, Hardy pushed his total of career receptions to 388.  That broke the FBS record of 387 set by Hardy from 2011-14.

Jones caught 62 passes as a freshman in 2013, then grabbed 81 and 98 the next two seasons. Coming into today’s game, Jones had a whopping 139 receptions; the FBS single-season record is 155 by Bowling Green’s Freddie Barnes in 2009. As Jones already has 10 receptions in the first half against Navy — he’s caught at least 10 passes in 10 of 11 games this year — he’s just six catches away from tying and seven from breaking Barnes’ seven-year-old standard.

Baker Mayfield claims Burlsworth Trophy as top former walk-on

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Baker Mayfield may be left out of the Heisman mix when it’s all said and done, but the Oklahoma quarterback will still be taking home some hardware following a statistically prolific 2015 regular season.

Monday afternoon, it was announced that Mayfield has been named as the recipient of the 2015 Burlsworth Trophy.  The award is given out annually to the nation’s top player who began his career as a walk-on and is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, the former All-SEC Arkansas offensive lineman who was killed in a car accident 11 days after the 1999 NFL draft.

Mayfield was one of three finalists for this year’s award, the others being Washington State quarterback Luke Falk and Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib.

Mayfield’s 3,389 yards passing were fourth in the Big 12 and 19th nationally.  His 35 passing touchdowns were the most in the conference and sixth in the country.

Last year’s winner was East Carolina wide receiver Justin Hardy.