By Matt Connolly (Go Upstate)
By David Cloninger (Go Gamecocks)
2014: Fifth-year senior who played in all 13 games making eight starts... had his best season, catching 42 passes for 504 yards with five touchdowns... ranked second on the team in each of those categories... logged a career-high 113 yards and two TDs on five receptions in the season opener versus Texas A&M... included a 69-yard TD catch ... grabbed five passes for 44 yards against East Carolina... hauled in four catches for 87 yards versus Georgia... scored on a seven-yard pass at Vanderbilt... caught five passes for 72 yards versus Missouri... caught four passes and a 13-yard touchdown at Auburn... hauled in a 29-yard touchdown against South Alabama... had 93 career receptions for 1,125 yards with 11 touchdowns in 48 games with 19 starts.
2013: Played in all 13, games making six starts... fourth on the squad with 27 receptions for 281 yards (10.4 yards per catch) with five touchdowns... led the team with four receptions in the season opener against North Carolina, matching his career high... had his best game as a Gamecock when he caught six passes for 97 yards and two TDs at Georgia... had 10 receptions in the first two games... caught his third scoring pass of the season in the win over Vanderbilt... caught the game-tying two-yard touchdown pass with 42 seconds remaining in regulation at Missouri... also caught a touchdown pass against Coastal Carolina... had three receptions in the bowl win over Wisconsin after logging just six catches in the previous six contests.
2012: Sophomore wide receiver who saw his playing time increase as the season progressed... played in 12 games, earning three starts... caught a dozen passes for 197 yards... had a 36-yard reception against Missouri... starts came late in the season against Arkansas, Clemson and Michigan... set a season high with four receptions for 45 yards against in-state rival Clemson in the regular-season finale... caught three passes for 78 yards in the Outback Bowl win over Michigan, including a career-long 70-yard reception.
2011: Played in 10 of 13 games... made a pair of starts... caught a dozen passes for 143 yards and a touchdown... averaged 11.9 yards per catch... recorded his first career catch in the season opener against East Carolina... connected on a key 34-yard completion, the longest of the season, in the win over Navy... grabbed his first career touchdown against Kentucky... logged a career high four catches in the win at Mississippi State... named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2010: Redshirted in his first season on the Carolina campus.
HIGH SCHOOL: Key player on the potent James Byrnes High School squad in Duncan, S.C., graduating in 2010... missed some time with a knee injury but still recorded 32 receptions for 347 yards and four TDs, helping the Rebels reach the AAAA Division I title game as a senior... coached by Chris Miller... Rebels won the state title in both 2007 and 2008... considered a three-star prospect and the state's 25th-best player by Rivals.com... rated a three-star prospect and the nation's 91st-best wide receiver by Scout.com... regarded as a three-star prospect and the 86th-best wide receiver by ESPN.com... also had offers from Auburn, Michigan and others.
PERSONAL: Nicholas Jones was born November 21, 1991... has a degree in sociology.