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- Rodney Jones
Rodney Jones

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Birmingham, Ala.

High School:
Vestavia Hills

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 290

Position:
Noseguard

Birthdate:
09/18/1977

Experience:
4VL



A two-year starter and member of the "Steel Shield" front four, Jones was the strongest player on the UAB football team with a team-best bench press best of 540 pounds (he earned the team's "Iron Man" designation in each of his four years at UAB).

2001: Earned Second Team All-Conference USA honors as a senior...had 38 tackles (19 solo, 8 for loss), one sack, three quarterback "hurries" and one fumble recovery ...25 of his tackles (5 for loss), one sack (vs. Army), and one fumble recovery (vs. Southern Miss, capping a goal-line stand) came vs. C-USA opponents.

2000: Recipient of the team's "Most Improved Player" Award for 2000...saw more and more action as the season went on (eventually becoming a starter), especially after the injury to Marlon Bush in the LSU game (Sep. 23)...made 30 total tackles (18 solos, 12 assists), with seven tackles for loss...also had one pass breakup and eight quarterback "hurries"...forced two fumbles and recovered one.

1999: Saw action in all 11 games...had 12 total tackles (6 solos, 6 assists), and three tackles for loss (4 yards).

1998: Saw action in eight games...had 10 tackles, including six solos...had one sack at Northeast Louisiana (Oct. 31).

1997: Sat out the season for academic reasons.

HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for Coach Buddy Anderson at Vestavia Hills High School in suburban Birmingham ...Best of the Rest selection by Forrest Davis' Football Recruiting Guide...All-State...Birmingham News Super All-Metro...Two-time All-Metro...made 134 tackles as a senior, including 11 sacks and a fumble recovery...had 75 tackles, including 17 sacks and a fumble recovery, as a junior...posted 66 tackles with 11 sacks and a fumble recovery as a sophomore...also lettered in track ...high-school teammate of former UAB running back Percy Coleman and current defensive back Andrew Kopecky.

PERSONAL: Born Sept. 18, 1977, in Birmingham, Ala. ...son of Johnnie Jones...married to the former Yolanda Sales...father of one son, Deven (born Dec. 3, 1999)...is an ordained minister and preaches at Birmingham's Peace and Goodwill Baptist Church with his grandfather, Dr. T.L. Albright, Sr. ...cousin, Vincent Harris, played football at Auburn...another cousin, Eric Harris, played football at North Alabama...a history major.

TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 1998........... 8 6 4 10 1-6 0 0 0 0 1999........... 11 6 6 12 3-4 0 0 0 0 2000........... 10 18 12 30 7-14 1 2 1 0 2001........... 11 19 19 38 9-31 0 0 1 0 TOTAL.......... 40 49 41 90 19-50 1 2 2 0

SACKS G UA A Total Yds 1998........... 8 1 0 1.0 6 1999........... 11 0 0 0.0 0 2000........... 10 0 0 0.0 0 2001........... 11 2 1 2.5 13 TOTAL.......... 40 1 1 3.5 19