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- Shaq Jones
Shaq Jones

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Lanett, Ala.

High School:
Lanett HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 210

Position:
Linebacker

Experience:
2L



Improvement was steady for the Blazer linebacker during the 2012 season ... saw considerable action last fall but will be counted on more heavily this season ... listed No. 1 at will linebacker entering preseason practice.

2012: Played in all 12 games last season but did not start any contests as the UAB starting linebacking corps consisted of two seniors and a junior ... concluded the season with 30 tackles to tie for No. 10 on the team ... had 17 solo tackles ... also had a tackle for loss (at Southern Miss) ... recorded a season-high eight tackles against Tulane ... finished the season with a five-tackle performance at UCF ... also had four stops in win at Southern Miss and registered three tackles in games vs. Troy, South Carolina and Southeastern Louisiana.

High School: Attended Lanett High School ... was tabbed an honorable mention all-state selection in by the Alabama Sports Writers Association ... one of the 2011 Opelika-Auburn News Super Eight Seniors ... named to the 2011 Opelika-Auburn News small school All-Area Defensive First Team ... collected 123 tackles, including nine for loss, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, four sacks, two interceptions and one touchdown his senior year as a linebacker ... registered 21 receptions, 187 yards and six touchdowns as a tight end ... selected as the 2011 Tri-Country Defensive Player of the Year by the Opelika-Auburn News... a 2011 all-state honorable mention choice by ASWA ... tabbed to the 2010 all-region first team by the region's head coaches ... served as team captain his junior year ... tallied 118 total tackles, two interceptions, four sacks and nine tackles for loss his junior year ... coached by Clifford Story, Jr. ... led the varsity basketball team in rebounds and blocked shots and played in the 2011 North/South All-Star game in Montgomery ... played at same high school as former UAB linebacker Lamanski Ware who completed his eligibility with the Blazers in 2011 ... helped the track team become back-to-back state champions ... attended same high school as former Blazer LB Lamanski Ware.