Zay Jones earns trip to New York at Waldorf
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Zay Jones earns trip to New York at Waldorf

East Carolina's record-setting wide receiver finalist for the Heisman of academics

Photo: East Carolina Coach Scottie Montgomery (L-R), Zay Jones and former ECU record holder Justin Hardy.

Isaiah “Zay” Jones and his East Carolina teammates missed out on a bowl game, but the senior wide receiver did his best to earn a trip with NCAA records for receptions in a season and a career.

He won’t be invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation on Dec. 10 in New York, although the Heisman Trust recognized him as a candidate. He’s a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award that honors the nation’s top wide receiver. ... 

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