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He made a strong impression on Rich Houston, director of Alabama’s master of accountancy program. Houston taught Jones in advanced auditing in the fall of 2011, a discussion-heavy course that students call “the current events class.”

“The class was at 8 in the morning,” he said. “He was always there, and he was the No. 1 participant in class in terms of both quantity and quality. And that includes having some fairly high-profile people in the accounting profession come into the class. He would ask great questions of those people, engage in conversation.

“Even if he wasn’t an athlete, I’d be saying all the same things about him. Just what a really, genuinely good kid he is.”