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DE Jones wins annual Chucky Mullins Award

Ole Miss senior defensive end Jason Jones was named the 23rd recipient of the Chucky Mullins Courage Award Thursday. He will wear Mullins’ No. 38 jersey throughout the 2012 season.

The award, sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, honors the late Chucky Mullins, who had his Ole Miss career come to an end during the 1989 Homecoming game against Vanderbilt when he was paralyzed after making a tackle. After returning to his studies at Ole Miss, Mullins passed away on May 6, 1991.

The selection of Jones was announced by head coach Hugh Freeze during Thursday night’s Chucky Mullins Courage Award Banquet, which is sponsored each year by Phi Beta Sigma and Phi Kappa Psi fraternities.

The No. 38 is returning to the field for the second straight year since it became just the second retired number in the Rebels’ storied football history in 2006, joining Archie Manning’s No. 18.

Jones will be recognized Saturday when Ole Miss conducts the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl spring football game, set for 1 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

“This is a very prestigious award, and I thank the guys who went before me and paved the way for this opportunity,” said Jones in his acceptance speech, during which he thanked his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his family, his teammates and coaches, along with several others. “Many people don’t get this opportunity, so it’s very important to me. To represent Chucky Mullins with the No. 38 is a privilege and an honor.”

A two-year letterman from Albany, Ga., Jones has played in 21 games with five starts over the last two seasons.Ole Miss senior defensive end Jason Jones was named the 23rd recipient of the Chucky Mullins Courage Award Thursday. He will wear Mullins’ No. 38 jersey throughout the 2012 season.

The award, sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, honors the late Chucky Mullins, who had his Ole Miss career come to an end during the 1989 Homecoming game against Vanderbilt when he was paralyzed after making a tackle. After returning to his studies at Ole Miss, Mullins passed away on May 6, 1991.

The selection of Jones was announced by head coach Hugh Freeze during Thursday night’s Chucky Mullins Courage Award Banquet, which is sponsored each year by Phi Beta Sigma and Phi Kappa Psi fraternities.

The No. 38 is returning to the field for the second straight year since it became just the second retired number in the Rebels’ storied football history in 2006, joining Archie Manning’s No. 18.

Jones will be recognized Saturday when Ole Miss conducts the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl spring football game, set for 1 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

“This is a very prestigious award, and I thank the guys who went before me and paved the way for this opportunity,” said Jones in his acceptance speech, during which he thanked his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his family, his teammates and coaches, along with several others. “Many people don’t get this opportunity, so it’s very important to me. To represent Chucky Mullins with the No. 38 is a privilege and an honor.”

A two-year letterman from Albany, Ga., Jones has played in 21 games with five starts over the last two seasons. (April 20, 2012, Page 6A)

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