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Now in his final year of eligibility after enrolling at UAB in January, 2011 following transfer from Copiah Lincoln JC ... entering third season with the Blazers ... saw considerable action in 2011 season in debut campaign at UAB, Jones played larger role last fall ... will again be counted on heavily as the 2013 season nears ... enters the season as the team's leading returning tackler (had 71 in 2012) ... listed as No. 1 at strong safety entering fall practice.
2012: Saw extensive action for the Blazers in 11 games, including nine starts at strong safety position ... finished the season ranked No. 3 on the team in tackles with 71 stops ... also posted 2.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks ... had one pass breakup, a forced fumble (Southern Miss) and two fumble recoveries ... was named honorable mention All-Conference USA by the league's coaches ... registered a season-high 10 tackles but his best overall game may have been in road victory at Southern Miss when he recorded seven tackles, had a tackle for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... blocked Ohio State punt in first quarter that teammate Nick Adams scooped up and ran in from 20 yards out for a touchdown that gave UAB an early lead over the Buckeyes ... also had a pass breakup against Ohio State.
2011: Ranked ninth on the team in tackles with 36, including 18 solo hits ... saw action in 10 games ... also contributed a tackle for loss, getting a half TFL against Houston and a half vs. Florida Atlantic ... posted season-high nine tackles against Houston ... registered five solos en route to seven tackle performance in victory at Memphis ... also had five stops in season finale at FAU ... netted four tackles in road contest at Marshall ... earned Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll accolades in his first season at UAB.
Junior College: Attended Copiah-Lincoln Junior College ... finished with 105 tackles in 2010 as Copiah-Lincoln finished with a 9-2 record and No. 13 national junior college ranking ... registered a pair of interceptions and also had three tackles for loss and one sack ... had a season-high 17 tackles against Mississippi Gulf Coast.
High School: Attended Petal (Miss.) High School ... earned all-area honors at safety as senior in 2009 ...posted total of 67 tackles and averaged 9.6 stops per game as prep senior ... forced one fumble.
Personal: Born Dec. 15, 1991 at Ocean Springs, Miss. ... son of Cecilia and Nathan Jones ... major is mathematics.