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John Stone
John Stone

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Somers Point, NJ

High School:
Mainland Regional

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 182

Position:
Wide Receiver

Birthdate:
07/07/1979

Experience:
3VL

A veteran receiver with great speed ? a game-breaking receiver and return man ? competed in spring drills for the first time in 2001, after spending previous springs on the track team ? had an excellent spring, improving his downfield blocking and becoming a more physical football player ? one of the top kickoff returners in college football ? scored a pair of touchdowns last season - one rushing and one on a 88-yard kickoff return against Appalachian State, his second career kickoff return for a TD ? was the ACC 100- and 200-meter champion in 1999, earning the tag of "fastest man in the ACC" ? qualified for the NCAA Championships in those events ? holds WFU indoor records in both the 200-meters (21.52) and the long jump (23'11.75").

2000: Served as WFU's kickoff return specialist, as he ranked third in the ACC and 14th nationally with 24.7 yards per return ? found the endzone on an 88-yard return against Appalachian State, scoring WFU's first touchdown of the 2000 season ? saw action in all 11 games, earning one start at wide receiver versus Florida State ? tallied 12 catches during the season for 146 yards, averaging 12.2 yards per reception ? also carried the ball 10 times for 74 yards and one touchdown ? was the team leader in all-purpose yardage with 1,009 yards on the season ? had three catches for 40 yards against UNC, including a 20-yarder ? scored a TD against Virginia on a one-yard run ? pulled down two receptions for 38 yards at Maryland ? rushed six times for 40 yards against Florida State.

1999: Played in eight of 11 regular season games ? caught seven passes for 75 yards - all in the last two games of the season ? averaged 10.7 yards per catch ? missed three contests with a toe injury ? led the ACC and ranked No. 3 in the nation in kickoff returns (29.9 average) ? had 13 total kickoff returns for 389 yards ? returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown against Duke, marking the longest return of any kind in school history ? snared five passes for 67 yards (both career highs) vs. Duke ? scored a touchdown in the season opener vs. Army on a 15-yard reverse ? carried the ball twice for four yards against Arizona State in the Jeep Aloha Bowl.

1998: Appeared in all 11 contests ? spread his nine receptions on the year over six different games ? caught two passes three times, against Air Force, Duke and Maryland ? longest reception was a 19-yarder versus the Blue Devils ? also successful as a ball-carrier, gaining 15 yards on a reverse in the win over Navy and nine yards on a similar play in the Duke game ? also saw some action as a kickoff return specialist, totaling eight returns for 140 yards (17.5 average).

Background: Played wide receiver and running back on back-to-back state championship squads at Mainland Regional High under coach Bob Coffey ? established a new school mark for career touchdowns there with 26 ? a first team all-conference and All-South Jersey selection in 1996 ? excelled just as much, if not more, as a sprinter on the Mustang track team ? was the 1997 state champion in both the 100 and 200 meters ? broke Olympian Dennis Mitchell's district high school mark by blazing to a 10.2 in the 100 ? was a standout in the long jump as well? majoring in sociology at WFU ? born July 7, 1979 ? has a strong athletic tradition in his family - stepfather played football at William Paterson College (N.J.), and an uncle and grandfather competed in the sport on the collegiate level as well.

Career Statistics
Receptions
Year	Rec	Yds	Avg	TD	Long
1998	9	78	8.7	0	19
1999	7	75	10.7	0	47
2000	12	146	12.2	0	30
Total	28	299	10.7	0	47

Most Receptions 5 at Duke, 11/13/99
Most Receiving Yards 67 at Duke, 11/13/99
Kickoff Returns Year Ret Yds Avg TD Long 1998 8 140 17.5 0 21 1999 13 389 29.9 1 99 2000 32 789 24.7 1 88 Total 53 1,318 24.9 2 99
Most Kickoff Returns 5 at Duke, 11/13/99; vs North Carolina, 9/9/00
Most Kickoff Return Yards 188 at Duke, 11/13/99
 

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