Bruin honored as scholar-athlete |

Bruin honored as scholar-athlete

Bear River High School senior Tommy Jones has been selected by the Sacramento chapter of the National Football College Hall of Fame as one of its Scholar Athlete award honorees.

Jones, a two year starter for the Bruins defense – and the Pioneer Valley League’s defensive lineman of the year, joins Nevada Union’s Colin Casey as a recipient of the award.

A 5-foot, 5-inch, 165-pound noseguard, Jones totaled 57 tackles, including 38 solo stops for the Bruins. He also racked up an astounding 13 quarterback sacks in the 10 games Bear River played this season. That total ranked him second in the Sac-Joaquin Section in sacks, according to, and among the top 30 in all of California.

Despite his success on the field, Jones has decided not to pursue a future in football. Instead, he’ll shift his focus to another love – aviation.

Jones has accepted a $32,000 academic scholarship from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., according to his father, Tom Jones, Sr.

“He is very excited about attending the premier aeronautical university in the U.S., not to mention they have one of the best Air Force ROTC programs, which is his ultimate goal,” Tom Jones, Sr. stated in a e-mail to The Union.

Jones made his decision to attend Embry-Riddle after having also been accepted to Oregon State University and Cal Poly Pomona.

In addition to his work on the field and in the classroom, Jones is an accomplished musician. He plays a number of instruments, including piano on which he has composed classical music. In December, his father said, he received notice from the Library of Congress that three of his submitted pieces are now copyrighted.

Jones will join his fellow recipients of the College Football Hall of Fame honor at the annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet, a black-tie event, at the Radisson Hotel in Sacramento on March 5.

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