Who is Malachi Jones?
Malachi Jones, an American football player, was born on March 22, 1994, in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He is an American football receiver for the Albany Empire of the AFL (Arena Football League). Malachi stands 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall, along with a weight of 83 kg (182lb).
For schooling, he attended Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Later, on January 22, 2012, he was enrolled at Appalachian State University. Malachi chose Appalachian State over football scholarship from Georgia Southern, Chattanooga, Louisiana Monroe, and Presbyterian. He played four seasons at Appalachian State. During this season, he caught 124 passes for 1711 yards and eight touchdowns. He made 35 starts at wide receiver appearing in all 49 games during his Mountaineer career. Also, from College Sports Journal, he earned Freshman All-America recognition and named to Southern Conference’s All-Freshman team in 2012.
His college statistics include:
- NCAA Career Totals:
- Rec: 124
- Yards: 1711
- Avg: 13.8
- Yds/G: 34.9
- TD: 8
Malachi Jones Career
In his professional career, John is rated as the 83rd best wide receiver by NFLDraftScout.com in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Following the 20216 NFL Draft, John signed a free-agent deal with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). Later, he evolved after rookie minicamp. Later then he dealt with the High Country Grizzlies of the NAL (National Arena League), where he caught 66 passes for 685 yards and 16 touchdowns in 10 games. Moreover, he was awarded the 2017 National Arena league Rookie of the year.
In 2018, John had a contract with the newly formed American Arena League, Atlanta Havoc (now the Carolina Havoc). However, he departed after a game to join the AFL. He assigned for 2018 to the Albany Empire of the Arena Football League (AFL). He there played 1 regular season. During this period, he had 77 receptions for 1156 yards and 5 rushing touchdowns among 29 touchdowns. He had scored at least once in every game played and passed the 100 yards, earning a mark in a game on four occasions during the regular season.
Awards and Honors of Malachi Jones
Malachi received the 2018 Arena Football League Rookie of the Year Award, and also the Wide Receiver of the year. He became the only rookie to win both the awards in the same season in league history. Moreover, he was recognized with the First Team All-Arena honors for 2018. Malachi surpassed the century mark in each and caught 7 more touchdowns, where Albany played in two playoff games. To play in the AFL, Malachi left his day job.
Moving on, Malachi signed with the Chicago Bears on July 26, 2018, and waived on September 1, 2018. Later in October 2018, he signed with the Atlanta Legends of Alliance of American Football. He there finished the season of 2019, with 22 receptions for 312 yards and 2 touchdowns in 8 games.