Austin Jones

Austin Jones

Running BackRB
USC Trojans
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Jones finally got his chance to shine after Travis Dye’s season-ending injury opened up the depth chart. He languished as a backup to Dye after transferring from Stanford, but he really showed his mettle after taking over the starting job. Unfortunately, Jones will have to battle for playing time once again, as South Carolina transfer MarShwn Lloyd has arrived through the portal to compete for first-string duties. The battle for every-down time will be interesting in fall camp, with Jones, Lloyd and Derwin Barlow all competing for touches. Read Past Outlooks
Declaring for NFL Draft
RBUSC
December 28, 2023
Jones announced his decision to declare for the 2024 NFL Draft via his X account Thursday.
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Jones will head to the NFL following two seasons with the USC program. The former Stanford transfer ran for 477 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground in 2023, adding 13 catches for 103 yards and a score through the air as well.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2021
Jones transferred to Lincoln Riley’s Southern California team this offseason, and he should be one of many offensive threats. The running back has spent the last three seasons with Stanford and rushed for 378 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding 267 receiving yards with another touchdown in 2021. While Jones should be a major contributor to the Trojans’ offense, it appears unlikely that he will be the top weapon on the team. He is competing with fellow transfer Travis Dye who is coming off of four impressive years at Oregon which ended with a total of 1,271 rushing yards, 402 receiving yards and 48 total touchdowns in his final season. Whatever role Jones plays this season though, he is bound to be an impact player.
Volume is the key to Jones’ value as he ranked ninth in carries per game (21.0) but his 4.37 YPC average was among the worst among runners with at least 125 carries in 2020. That makes him a risky option at his current ADP as someone going in the first five rounds because if someone cuts into that volume, Jones hasn’t shown that he has the juice to hit value with limited carries. He had just two carries of 20-or-more yards on 126 rushes. Guys like 2020 four-star E.J. Smith or Nathaniel Peat could get longer looks if Jones continues to provide mediocre returns.
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Two touchdowns in narrow win
RBUSC
October 28, 2023
Jones accrued nine carries for 37 yards and one touchdown during Saturday's 50-49 win versus California. He also caught two passes for 14 yards and a touchdown.
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Scores but continues reserve role
RBUSC
September 10, 2023
Jones compiled six rushes for 33 yards and one touchdown during Saturday's 56-10 victory against Stanford. He also caught two passes for 14 yards.
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Scores twice in opener
RBUSC
August 26, 2023
Jones recorded six rushes for 54 yards and two touchdowns during Saturday's 56-28 win against San Jose State.
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Co-starter for Week 0
RBUSC
August 23, 2023
Jones has been listed as a co-starter for USC's season opener against San Jose State on Aug. 26.
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Logs career-high in win
RBUSC
November 26, 2022
Jones logged 25 carries for 154 yards during Saturday's 38-27 victory versus Notre Dame.
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