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Beth Maiman | | November 19, 2016

East Carolina's Zay Jones breaks FBS record for career catches

East Carolina wide receiver Zay Jones broke the FBS record for career catches, as he grabbed his 388th reception in the second quarter against Navy on Saturday. 

The previous record was held by former East Carolina wide receiver Justin Hardy, who currently plays with the Atlanta Falcons. Hardy hauled in 387 receptions while a member of the Pirates team.

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Heading into Saturday, Jones leads NCAA FBS in four categories — total receptions (139), receiving yards (1,473), receptions per game (13.9) and receiving yards per game (147.3) so far this season. 

Jones was recently named one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's best receiver. The wide receiver needs only 17 catches to set the NCAA FBS single-season record, which is held by Bowling Freddie Barnes, who had 155 catches in 2009.

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