Youngstown State junior defensive back Zaire Jones was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference's All-Newcomer Team, the league announced on Tuesday.
Jones, a transfer from Vanderbilt, played in all 12 games and made 11 starts in his first year in a Penguins uniform.
He had a team-high three interceptions and returned a pick 30 yards for a touchdown against Illinois State in the season finale.
Jones finished the year with 60 total tackles, 35 of which were solo stops.
#1 DB Zaire Jones, YSU, 6-0, 200, Jr., Meridian, Miss. (Meridian/Vanderbilt)
Finished the season with 60 total tackles (35 solos) and led the team with three interceptions…in MVFC games, had 41 total tackles…returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown against Illinois State…had two interceptions against Samford…registered a season-high nine tackles at Southern Illinois…had a forced fumble and two pass breakups.