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UConn defensive back sets world record at NFL Combine

University of Connecticut defensive back Byron Jones highlighted Monday’s final workouts at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis with a standing broad jump of 12-feet-3 inches that is not only the best ever at a combine, but a world record.

The previous world record for the broad jump was 12-2, set Nov. 11, 1968 by Norwegian Arne Tvervaag of the Ringerike FIK Sportclub.

Jones’ leap gave this year’s combine three of the four longest jumps at the NFL’s annual Indianapolis event this century, according to records kept by NFLDraftScout.com.

On Saturday, Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley went 11-7, which tied the previous combine record set in 2013 by Southern Mississippi linebacker Jamie Collins. Sunday Kentucky defensive end Alvin Dupree soared 11-6.

Jones also soared 44 1/2 inches in the vertical jump, a mark that is seventh best since 2000 according to NFLDrdaftScout.com. That record is still held by former North Carolina safety Gerald Sensabaugh, who leapt 46 inches at the 2005 NFL Combine.

Jones injured his left shoulder in October, ending his second season as a starting cornerback after starting at safety in 2011 and 2012. At the time of the injury Jones had 24 tackles, two interceptions and four pass breakups. He returned one interception 70 yards for a touchdown.

Going into the combine, the 6-foot-1, 199-pound Jones was projected as a sixth-round prospect, listed as the 31st of 232 cornerbacks rated by NFLDraftScout.com.

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